Common Barriers to Fitness

You probably already know that the best way to lose weight and improve your health is to combine a balanced diet with regular physical activity. But adding a fitness routine to your life can be challenging. Learn about the most common obstacles to starting a fitness routine and how to overcome them.

“I don’t have enough time to exercise.”

Some people really do lead busy lives that make it difficult to find time to exercise. But if health and fitness is a priority, you can find creative ways to fit physical activity into your life.

  • Squeeze in a few 10-minute walks throughout the day. Take a quick walk before work, on your lunch break, and after dinner. You don’t have to get all of your exercise for the day in at once.
  • Get up earlier. If you’re having problems finding time in your day to exercise, start by getting up 30 minutes earlier twice a week. Once you’ve adjusted to early-morning workouts, add another day or two to the routine. Do make sure that getting up early isn’t preventing you from getting enough sleep at night.
  • Park your car far away. Park in the last row of your parking lot, or even few blocks away. Then walk quickly to and from your destination.
  • Rethink your hobbies. Instead of going to the movies every weekend, consider taking a weekly bike ride or heading to the pool with your family.

“Exercise is boring.”

Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. Find ways to be active that are fun for you.

  • Vary the routine. Rotate among different types of activity. Try walking, swimming, or cycling.
  • Work out with friends. Start a walking club or join a fitness class with your spouse. Working out with people you enjoy spending time with is a great way to stay motivated.
  • Check out a class or sports league. Playing a game or learning in a group environment can be much more enjoyable for some people than stomping it out on a treadmill alone.

Rethink the way you look at exercise. The most important part of exercise is to move your body, whether that’s for 10 minutes at a time three times a day, or during a 30-minute workout. And you don’t have to be wearing workout gear for it to count as physical activity!