5 more Barriers to Fitness…Overcoming them to get Moving!

Barrier No. 6: I’m not athletic

Natural athletic ability isn’t a prerequisite to physical activity.
*Keep it simple – start with just a daily walk
*Find a buddy – someone who is in a similar boat
*Don’t make it a competition – focus on the positive changes of your body & mind

Barrier No. 7: I’ve tried to exercise in the past and failed

Don’t throw in the towel. You can’t see it when you lower your cholesterol or reduce your risk of diabetes, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t doing yourself a great favor. Re-evaluate what went wrong, and learn from your mistakes.
*Pace yourself – start simple then slowly build your intensity
*Set realistic goals
*Remember why you are exercising – remind yourself of your personal fitness goals & reward yourself when you reach them

Barrier No. 8: I can’t afford health club fees

You don’t need a membership at an elite gym to get a great workout. Consider common-sense alternatives.
*Do strengthening exercises at home – buy bands at ShapeItUp.com and do strength training at home.
*Buy an exercise DVD – P90x rocks!
*Start a walking group
*Take the stairs

Barrier No. 9: I’m afraid I’ll hurt myself if I exercise

If you’re nervous about injuring yourself, start off on the right foot.
*Hire a personal trainer
*Take it slow
*Try an exercise class for beginners

Barrier No. 10: My family doesn’t support my efforts

Remind those close to you of the benefits of regular exercise — and then bring them along for the ride.
*Move with your kids – splash in the pool with them instead of lounging on the side, play kickball or go on a bike ride as a family
*Try a new adventure together – go to a rock climbing wall, kayak or rent a tandem bike for the day
*Do double duty – take the kids to soccer practice and power walk laps around the field

Whatever your barriers may be use these tricks to get yourself moving on a regular basis. Happy Fitness to all of you!!!

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