Common Exercise Obstacles

Content by: NCES, Inc.

Like any new change, increasing your exercise routine can be hard to stick with it. Determine what your obstacles are, think about small steps you can take and develop a strategy to overcome them. In time, this will become your new normal.

Common Exercise Obstacles
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Not Enough Time!
Schedule time in your calendar to work-out just like you would a meeting or appointment. You can also add short ten-minute walks or other activity three times during the day if you don’t have time for a full workout.

Exercise is Boring...
Choose activities you enjoy! You don’t have to just run on a treadmill to get a good workout. Go on walks with friends, enroll in a swim class, or go to group workout classes.

Self-Conscious of Appearance.
Don’t get negative with yourself! Focus on your strength after your workout and all the benefits you’re gaining. You can also avoid the crowd by running in the mornings or doing an exercise video at home versus going to a gym.

Too Tired!
Regular exercise will give you energy! Try working out first thing in the morning or pack your gym bag and head straight to the gym after work so you don’t have a chance to go home and get comfortable on the couch.

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