Barriers to exercise - do you have any?
Good afternoon everyone! I thought we'd would work on overcoming some barriers to exercise today. Anyone want to chime in?
The most common one I hear is lack of time. Is this a barrier for you?
If it is, here's a solution: As you move through the course of your week identify small slots of time that you might have, even if it means parking further from your destination to get more steps in. Another option is to wake up a little bit earlier in the morning. Finding exercises you can do at home will save you travel time.
Another barrier to exercise is lack of resources and equipment, but again there are plenty exercises that can be done at home with no equipment at all.
Are there any other barriers more specific to you that you'd like me to address?
Lack of energy and have trouble portioning food
Another barrier for many people is a lack of motivation, sound familiar? Solution- Plan ahead, actually put it on your calendar and check it off after you're done. And start small! Only commit to a small amount of time, but do more if you feel like it. As the habit builds and you see progress, you'll be more motivated
Thank you for mentioning lack of energy, that is a valid barrier to exercise for many people! Solution- first, start small - commit to only a short time (but if you feel energetic you can do more). Energy creates energy. As long as you don't overwork the endorphins that kick in when you exercise will energize you. If you're feeling more tired when you're done exercising, you've worked too hard, take it down a notch the next time. Your energy will build as you go.
Portion control is a challenge for many and can be a barrier to exercise if overeating is causing us to feel lethargic. First, write down what you're going to eat, like make a menu, and keep a food log to hold you yourself accountable. In your food log also include how you feel when you eat certain foods. Try to find activities to do in place of eating. Like for example when I get the munchies I'll head outside for a quick walk. It can be anything you enjoy or that will take your mind off of eating, and take you physically away from the kitchen or wherever it is that you have food. Be sure to stock your kitchen with plenty of healthy foods and very little junk foods; that will limit the temptation.
Does that help?
Ending the live session feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments. Have a great week!