Exercise offers bountiful health benefits both physical and mental. Research suggests that people who regularly take part in moderate or high-intensity level of exercise tend to live a longer life, than those who are physically inactive. Participating in moderate physical exercises also helps to slow ageing. Statistically, a lack of physical activity accounts for 75% of type 2 diabetes, 6% of illnesses from coronary heart disease, and 9% of early deaths in the world.
A lot of us know that we should exercise more, but often we struggle to get started. What’s stopping us from being active?
Let’s explore a few common barriers, and overcome them –
No time. I’m too busy to exercise.
‘If something is important to you, you make the time. If it’s not, you make an excuse.’ – Marie Forleo (Entreprenuer and Life Coach)
Time isn’t a problem, your mindset makes it out to be a problem. If you convince yourself that time is a problem, it will be. If you are convinced that you will find the time, you most likely will be able to.
No motivation. I can’t be bothered to exercise.
This one is broad, and it’s the umbrella bucket for a lot of other thoughts going through your head, such as –
- I’m not getting any results.
- I’m bored.
- I’m scared (of failing, looking silly, being judged).
- I’m tired so I should rest.
- It won’t work for me so why try.
- It’s too hard.
- Etc, etc.
If you peel these thoughts back, most of them stem from fear e.g. fear of failing, fear of being judged, fear of getting hurt (physically and emotionally).
If you’re feeling a lack of motivation to exercise, your first step would be to identify the underlying FEAR that you’re experiencing. Once you identify that fear, then we can work on ways to calm that fear.
If you’d like more guidance or assistance on identify, and resolving, what’s holding you back, please get in touch with our studio for a Success Session with our wellbeing coach, who is highly skilled and experienced in helping people live their best lives and a healthy lifestyle.
Know-how. I don’t know how to exercise.
There are so much information freely available, particularly on the Internet, about getting fit and healthy. It inevitably causes you to recoil from sorting through all that to find what’s right for you.
If you’re an exercise novice, it may be best to join a small group class with a personal touch or get a personal trainer, so you learn the correct information about the right ways to exercise for you.