We hear time and time again about the wonderful benefits of exercise but people don’t seem to be listening. There are always excuses to be made when it comes to not exercising, but are they genuine? The short answer is NO! The government predicts that 60% of men, 50% of women and 25% of children in Britain will be obese by 2050 unless the problem is tackled. Read on to learn how to overcome your personal barriers to exercise so you don’t become part of this alarming trend.
#1 – I Don’t Have Time
There’s no doubt that life can be pretty hectic and setting aside time to exercise can be challenging. However, like anything you want and NEED to do, you need to prioritise and find ways of fitting in some regular exercise. Suggestions include:
- Change your rituals – Sit down and look at what you’re doing for the week and see if you can change anything to involve some form of exercise. For example, rather than sitting down with the kids in front of the TV on a Saturday afternoon, suggest a bike ride or a walk around the local park
- Do short bursts of exercise – Don’t convince yourself that exercise has to be done in one go – try to squeeze in short bouts whenever you feel you can. For example, three 10 minute walks over the course of the day will make a big difference and will soon add up to pounds of fat lost and a healthier body
- Be an early riser – If you know that your days and evenings are jam-packed, consider getting up half an hour earlier on a couple of days to go for a walk or to do that exercise DVD everyone’s been raving about. You’ll soon get used to it and before you know it, you might be able to add another morning to your routine