Common Barriers to Fitness & Solutions

  • 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.

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“I never could have achieved the success that I have without setting physical activity and health goals.”  Bonnie Blair


Posted on November 3, 2017 and filed under fitness.