- Barrier: Lack of time
Solutions: Identify at least three, 30-minute slots per week you could use for physical activity. Walking in your neighborhood, climbing stairs at your office or exercising while you watch TV are all good options.
- Barrier: Friends and family don’t share your interest in physical activity
Solutions: Explain your fitness and/or health improvement goals to friends and family and ask for their support. Invite friends to participate in physical activity with you.
- Barrier: Lack of motivation and/or energy
Solutions: Plan ahead. Schedule physical activity for specific times/days and “check” it off your list or calendar each time you complete it.
- Barrier: Lack of resources/equipment
Solutions: Select activities that require minimal facilities or equipment, such as walking, jogging, jumping rope or calisthenics. Identify inexpensive, convenient resources in your community, such as parks and recreation programs.
- Barrier: Family caregiving obligations
Solutions: Exercise with your kids -- go for a walk together, play tag or other running games, get an aerobic dance or exercise tape for kids.
- Barrier: Frequent work or leisure travel
Solutions: Pack a jump rope and resistance bands in your luggage. Book hotels that have a pool and/or fitness rooms.
Source: Adapted from Heart.org
“I never could have achieved the success that I have without setting physical activity and health goals.” Bonnie Blair