Overcoming barriers to exercise may seem challenging at first, particularly for beginners starting their fitness regimes, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Here are a few key strategies that may help make it easier to overcome any potential obstructions to fitness.

Make time for exercise every day by setting aside a specific block of time in your schedule – perhaps by parking further away or getting off the bus one stop earlier – which will free up time to workout.

Lack of Time

Lack of time is one of the primary obstacles to exercise. Although you might feel as though there aren’t enough hours in the day with all your work, home, and social responsibilities, making time for physical activity is possible if you are willing to be creative in finding time slots in your schedule and monitoring activities for one week to see if you can identify 30-minute blocks that could be dedicated solely for physical activity.

Be realistic about what types of exercise are possible within your time constraints. Exercise doesn’t need to involve long hours at the gym sweating buckets or miles upon miles of running; 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day should suffice for maximum benefit.

If your daily schedule is packed, try breaking up your workout into smaller sessions throughout the day. Go for a 10-minute walk at lunch, after dinner or on weekends and work towards reaching your daily exercise goal – you could even set an alarm on your phone or wear an arm band as a reminder.

Communicate with your support network about your fitness goals to make sure they can offer their support if necessary and help motivate you through any obstacles. Having someone there for you can keep you going when things get challenging!

Find exercises you find enjoyable as another way to increase your motivation for exercise. Finding workouts you truly enjoy doing can make the whole experience much less tedious, so switch up your routine with various types of exercises to keep it interesting and make exercise with friends more fun – both ways can help get through any discomfort or tiresomeness during your routine.

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Your physical therapist can create an exercise program tailored specifically for you that meets the demands of your lifestyle and overcome any barriers you might be encountering when exercising solo. Reach out now to find out how we can assist with getting you moving and reaping all of its healthful rewards!

Lack of Motivation

Motivation can be an immense barrier to regular physical exercise. It may also be an indicator of depression or another mental health condition; therefore it’s advisable to see your GP to discuss what’s going on.

Being reminded of your goals can boost motivation levels. Set them slowly and steadily rather than pushing yourself too hard at first.

Make an effort to incorporate exercise into your everyday routine. Take steps like opting for stairs over elevators, walking to and from work or taking an evening stroll around your neighborhood after an exhausting day at work. Engaging with family or friends as an incentive and accountability partner for maintaining an exercise regimen.

Lack of motivation may stem from boredom with one type of workout or feeling that your progress is stagnating. To combat this, try switching up activities or joining a group offering different kinds of workouts to keep it interesting and fun; perhaps teaming up with a friend or colleague at roughly similar fitness levels or enrolling in beginner-specific classes could also help keep motivation high.

Have an emergency exercise plan handy is always a smart move if you are having difficulties maintaining a consistent fitness schedule. This could include items like jogging suits, yoga mats and jump ropes which you can keep in your bag or closet as an easy and quick solution when the motivation to exercise wanes. Also try including rest days or relaxing activities to restore energy levels before engaging in physical exercise again later on; additionally find someone you can turn to when need some motivation; this could include friends, family or therapists as support structures.

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Pain or Injury

Pain can be unpleasant and keep people from exercising or even moving at all, both real and perceived barriers that must be addressed. Most often, pain stems from overworking or overusing one body part; over time this overuse may result in tendonitis or muscle strain leading to chronic injuries that necessitate healing time, including tendonitis and muscle strain, leading to inflammation leading to tissue damage causing scar tissue formation resulting in even more pain, inflammation and scar formation – the ultimate cycle.

Resuming an exercise routine after dealing with injury or pain is no easy feat, particularly if you’ve been sedentary for an extended period. Finding an exercise partner or joining a group that provides accountability and support may help; similarly, viewing exercise as joyful movement instead of an additional burden may make the task less daunting and more enjoyable.

Finding the difference between soreness and injury may be challenging, but it’s essential to pay attention to your body’s signals. Pain could manifest itself in different forms; dull ache, tightness or sharp sensation are just some of its characteristics. Furthermore, each individual’s threshold for pain varies.

If you are uncertain as to what’s causing your discomfort, seek advice from a physician or physical therapist in order to identify its source and source. Once identified, create a plan to overcome obstacles to exercise so that you can reap its many advantages!

Physical therapists can help you create a safe and effective exercise program tailored to your specific needs. Contact us to make an appointment and start on the road to better health! As soon as you start exercising regularly, the sooner it will benefit your overall well-being! Additionally, sign up for our Essentials newsletter so you’re always up-to-date with science news via articles and videos delivered straight to your inbox – don’t miss out – see you soon! 2018 AARP. All rights are reserved by us under Terms of Use Agreement.


People new to exercise may worry about its effects on safety, yet even small amounts of activity is beneficial for most healthy adults. People with chronic health conditions and/or risk factors should consult a physician prior to commencing an exercise plan; their physician can recommend specific types of exercises suitable for their conditions as well as appropriate precautions and limitations. It’s important to remember that regular physical activity can help manage many common medical conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease – most gyms and exercise programs offer annual check-ups which provide the ideal opportunity for discussing fitness plans with healthcare providers.

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Not only can physicians be invaluable sources of exercise information, but other health care professionals may provide useful assistance as well. Examples are:

Common belief holds that all forms of physical activity will cause injury. In reality, most injuries associated with exercise stem from overexerting yourself and doing it too fast or too hard; exercising too frequently can also result in overuse injuries such as tendinitis and other painful joints and muscles; to minimize risks, build your workout slowly over time in terms of frequency, intensity and duration of workout sessions.

Drinking enough fluids before and during exercise to prevent dehydration is highly advised; one good guideline is aiming for 500ml (2 cups) every hour leading up to and during physical activity. Low calorie and sugar drinks tend to provide energy while aiding with hydration.

Finally, it is advised to wear appropriate and comfortable clothing when exercising, including shoes designed specifically for that activity. People exercising outside should dress in light-colored clothing to reduce heat exhaustion. In hot weather it may be wise to start out small and gradually increase duration, intensity and frequency of workouts gradually if exercising outdoors in hot conditions – or else overheating could occur and result in potentially harmful conditions like heat exhaustion or stroke.