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You know that exercise is great for your physical and mental health, but many people still don’t get the exercise they need. Learn how to overcome any barriers you may have to getting in a great workout.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans identify numerous reasons for not getting 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Adopt strategies so you can get moving. Your whole body could benefit.
These tips can help you overcome exercise obstacles.
- I can’t find the energy. We get it-you’re tired after a day of work, household responsibilities, and family obligations. Once you start exercising, though, you may find that you have more energy, and all your other responsibilities are easier to handle.
- I don’t get any support. If your friends and family don’t help you prioritize your exercise time, you’re less likely to do it. Ask your loved ones for encouragement and find new friends who share your enthusiasm for the type of exercise you enjoy.
- I don’t have enough time. You don’t have to set aside 30 minutes to exercise. You can break it up into spurts of 10 minutes at a time in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
- I don’t have the right skills. No one starts acting as an expert—and you already know the basics of many exercises like walking or jogging. Start with something you’re comfortable with, then add new elements.
- I’m afraid of getting hurt. The key to preventing injuries as you exercise is to take it slow. Make time to warm up, and then gradually ease into your activity. If the sport is new to you, ask someone to help you get started. Use the correct safety equipment every time.
- I’m not motivated. It’s hard to find the motivation to exercise, especially if you’re having to fit it into your schedule at the cost of other events you enjoy more. Some people find that it helps to block out time to exercise—either with a friend or during a class—so you don’t schedule other activities that interfere.
- It was expensive. You don’t have to have a fancy gym membership or buy expensive clothing and equipment to get started. Check out our infographic to learn how to better understand tips for getting the right basic gear.
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