How to overcome barriers surrounding healthy lifestyle

How to overcome barriers surrounding healthy lifestyle

GOQii 16-02-2016 04:44:44 PM
Barriers to working out

How to overcome barriers surrounding healthy lifestyle

We all know the importance of following a healthy lifestyle, but somehow most of us find it really difficult to follow a fitness routine. We come up with variety of excuses to avoid exercising. It is a common problem with people that they can’t find time or interest to indulge in physical activity.

Mental obstacles to exercise consist of many reasons. Humans always try to make excuses to refrain from doing things that they dislike or fear. Sticking to a fixed workout schedule can be really difficult. Hindrances come in the shape of many reasons like time, injuries, boredom, & self-confidence. But, with strong resolve and practical strategies we can overcome all these barriers.

Let us look at some of these barriers and how to overcome them: Read More

  1. Time crunch
    We completely understand the time barrier, but with little creativity one can find a way around making most of our time.
    • Take short walks throughout the day: If you can’t manage time for a full-body workout, don’t fret. You can go for a 10 minute walk in regular intervals which is beneficially too.
    • Wake up early: If you have a tight schedule throughout the day and if you cannot find time in the evening, getting up 30 minutes early twice a week can help a lot. Once you are accustomed to this schedule, try adding another two days to your routine.
    • Walk more, drive less: Finding a park lot a bit far away from your destination is a really good idea as it gives you opportunity to walk. Doing this everyday can benefit your health in the long run.
  2. Exercise is boring
    It is natural for your body to be bored of repetitive workout day in day out, especially if you work out alone. However, there are many ways you can make workout interesting.
    • Pick activities that you enjoy: If you choose workout routines that you personally enjoy, then there are more chances you will stay interested\
    • Change the routine: Shift between several activities during regular intervals. You can do activities like walking, swimming, & cycling. This will help you to stay on your toes while training your different muscle.
    • Pick a buddy: Working out with friends or colleagues always brings in more excitement and encouragement. It can act as confidence booster to your daily workout routine.
  3. Lack of strength after work
    If you don’t have energy to work out, you will never have energy. It is a funny yet ironical circle. But, breaking this cycle with regular workout is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
    • Workout in the morning: Working out in the morning can be a perfect solution if you don’t have strength to work out after work
    • Take advantage of your lunchtime: Carry a pair of walking shoes to your job and go for a brisk walk during lunch break.