26 Mar Pushing Through Fitness Challenges
With the new year in full swing and the summer months just around the corner, at this time of year many people are deep into their fitness regimens and exercise routines. While most people start an exercise program with high hopes and a strong commitment to a healthier lifestyle, as time goes on, there may be some stumbling blocks along the way that can cause a detour in their fitness program.
People often begin a fitness program with great enthusiasm that may disappointingly deplete over time. Exercise and fitness programs can be challenging but are worth the work. Unexpected fitness challenges however, may stop a person from exercising completely. Remember that sticking to a regular exercise schedule isn’t easy. After all, there are plenty of potential hindrances — time, boredom, injuries, self-confidence. However, these issues don’t need to stand in your way.
There are some simple and practical strategies for overcoming common barriers to fitness. Following are some ways to push through those unexpected challenges (or avoid them entirely) and successfully continue with your fitness program.
Start small and build up to more-intense workouts later, when your body is ready. Many people, who end up working too hard, end up quitting because their program is just too difficult.
Set Realistic Goals
Don’t promise yourself you’re going to work out for an hour every day, and then get down on yourself when you fall short. Stick with manageable goals you can achieve, such as exercising for twenty minutes a day, three days a week for the first month.
Don’t Expect Immediate Results
So many exercise programs fail when people don’t see instant results. Fitness takes time and commitment that will create a healthier lifestyle, a healthier you and in time, a more fit physique.
Enjoy the Journey
A motivational fitness quote on Self.com reads, “Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.” Exercise and fitness is a way of life. There should not be a definitive “end date” to any fitness program. Enjoy the journey – because fitness and exercise should become a consistent and ongoing part of your life.
I Don’t Have Time Anymore
It sounds like the oldest excuse in the book – but this is a common problem that most people face. Setting aside time to exercise can be a challenge but if you use little creativity to get the most out of your time, you will be able to fit it in. Get up earlier, work out on a lunch break, and walk or bike instead of driving!
While some injuries may be unavoidable, you can take precautions to prevent injuries from occurring. Start with a simple program and add new activities to your routine as you become more confident. The Mayo Clinic also suggests “Get a fitness tutorial from a certified trainer or expert, who can monitor your movements and point you in the right direction. If you’ve had a previous injury or you have a medical condition, you may want to consult your doctor or an exercise therapist for help designing a fitness program appropriate for you.”
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