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PostXflint on Wed 30 Apr 2014, 9:54 pm

Barriers to Exercise

There are two to three top classes of barriers or roadblocks to physical activity; personal, place and health. One needs to identify his own and try to find solutions to overcome them.

A. Personal Barriers
1. Between work, family, and other demands, I am too busy to exercise.
Make Physical activity a priority.  Carve out some time each week to be active, and put it on your daily calendar. Try waking up a half-hour earlier to walk, scheduling lunchtime workouts, or taking an evening fitness class.

Build physical activity into your routine chores. Rake the yard wash the car, remove dusts and cobwebs at home or do any other energetic housework. That way you do what you need to do around the house and move around too. If you have a large sitting room, you may regularly do some hopping exercise.

Make family time physically active. If you can afford it, plan a family weekend at a beach or park with a family softball game.

2. By the end of a long day, I am just too tied to work out.
Think about the other health benefits of physical activity.

Regular physical activity may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It may also lower your odds of having heart disease, type 2 diabetes, or cancer. Research shows that people who are overweight, active, and fit live longer than people who are not overweight but are inactive and outfit. Also, physical activity may lift your mood and increase your energy level.
Do it just for fun. Play a team sport, work in a garden, or learn a new dance. Make getting fit something fun.
Train for a charity event. You can work to help others while you work out.

3. Getting on a treadmill or stationary bike is boring.
Make a friend for work outs. If your friends is on the next bike or treadmill, your workout will be less boring.
Watch TV or listen to music or an audio book while you walk out or pedal indoors. Check out music or audio books from your local library.
Get outside. A change in scenery can relieve your boredom. If you are riding a bike outside, be sure to wear a helmet and learn safe rules of the road

4. I have never been into sports.
Find a physical activity that you enjoy. You do not have to be an athlete to benefit from physical activity.
Choose an activity that you can stick with, like walking or dancing. Just put one foot in front of the other. Use the time you spend walking to relax, talk with a family member, or just enjoy the scenery.

5. I do not want to spend a lot of money to join a gym or buy workout gear.
Choose free activities. Take your children to the park to play or take a walk.
Find out if your job offers any discount on memberships. Some companies get lower membership rates at fitness or community centres. Other companies will even pay for part of an employee’s membership fee.
Check out your local recreation or community centre.  These centres may cost less than other gyms, fitness centres, or health clubs. Nevertheless know the reason of your joining such clubs and ensure you do not imbibe other nasty pastime like gluttony drunkenness and womanizing.
Choose physical activities that do not require any special gear. Walking requires only a pair of sturdy shoes. To dance, just turn on some music.

6. I do not have anyone to watch my kids while I workout.
Do something physically active with your kids.  Kids need physical activity too. No matter what age your kids are, you find an activity you can do together. Dance to music, take a walk, run around the park, or play basketball or soccer together.
Where you live in a housing estate parents can come together and take turns while another parent watches the kids.
You can hire a baby-sitter or nanny to take care of the kids while you take a walk.
Look for a fitness or community centre that offers child care. Centres that offer child care are becoming more popular. Cost and quality vary, so get all the information up front.

7. My family and friends are not physically active.
Do not let that stop you. Do it for yourself. Enjoy the rewards you get from working out, such as better sleep, happier mood, more energy, and a stronger body.
Join a class or sports league where people count on you to show up.  If your tennis, basketball team or dance partner counts on you, you will not want to miss a workout, even if your family and friends are not involved.

8. I would be embarrassed if my neighbours or friends see me exercising.
Ask yourself if it really matters. You are doing something positive for your health and that is something to be proud of. You may even inspire others to get involved of getting physically active too.
Invite a friend or neighbour to join you.  You may feel less self-conscious if you are not alone.
Awareness in physical fitness is getting higher and more and more people are getting interested.

B. Place Barriers
1. My neighbourhood does not have sidewalks.
Find a safe place to walk.  Instead of walking in the street, walk in a friend or family member’s neighbourhood that has sidewalks. Walk during your lunch break at work. Find out if you can walk at a nearby local school track.
Work out in your open yard. Do yard work or wash the car. These count as physical activity too.

2. The weather is too cold or too hot to be active outdoors.
Walk around your living room in a programmed manner to cover adequate distance.
Join a fitness or community centre. Find one that lets you pay only for the months or classes you want, instead of the whole year.
Exercise at home. Work out to fitness videos or DVDs. Check a different one out from the library each week for variety. Play your favourite music dance for a specified time.

3. I do not feel safe exercising by myself.
Join or start a walking group. You can enjoy added safety and company as you walk.
Take an exercise class at a nearby fitness or community centre or recreation club.
Work out a home. You don’t need a lot of space. Turn on the radio and dance or follow along with fitness show on TV.

C. Health Barriers
1. I have a health problem (diabetes, heart disease, asthma, arthritis) that I do not want to make worse.
Talk with your health care professional. Most health problems are helped by physical activity. Find out what physical activities you can safely do and follow advice about length and intensity of workouts.
Start slowly. Take it easy at first and see how you feel before trying more challenging workouts. Stop if you feel out of breath, dizzy, faint, or nauseated, or if you have pain.

2. I have an injury and do not know what physical activities if any, I can do.
Talk with your health care professional. Ask your doctor or physical therapist about what physical activities you can safely perform. Follow advice about length and intensity of workouts.
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Post2go on Sat 03 May 2014, 12:25 am

Nice write up

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