Monday, January 18, 2016

Overcome Your Barriers to Exercise

Many of us desire to exercise regularly, but always find something to distract us from making exercise a habit. Here are the top reasons people do not exercise and some suggestions to help overcome these barriers to exercise…
LACK OF TIME
  • Monitor daily schedule for 1 week
  • Identify available  time slots
  • Add activity to daily routine: Walk/bike to work, take the stairs, walk the dog, exercise while watching TV
  • Make Time: Try 10 minute bouts of exercise
LACK OF SOCIAL SUPPORT
  • Ask family & friends for support
  • Invite them to exercise with you
  • Develop new friendships with active people
  • Join a group: biking, hiking, running, walking, skiing etc.
  • Do something fun!
LACK OF ENERGY
  • Schedule activity for times of the day when you have more energy
  • Physical activity actually produces more energy!
  • Movement =Energy
LACK OF MOTIVATION
  • Plan ahead
  • Make exercise part of your daily/ weekly schedule
  • Exercise with friends regularly
  • Join an exercise group or class
  • Schedule a Shape Up appointment with Megan Streveler through ImLeagues to learn new & safe exercise techniques
FEAR OF INJURY
  • Warm up & cool down to prevent injury
  • Exercise according to: age, fitness level, skill level, & health status
  • Choose activities with minimal risk…walking, water aerobics, light weight lifting etc.
LACK OF SKILL
  • Select activities requiring no new skills
  • Schedule a Shape Up appointment with Megan Streveler through ImLeagues to learn new & safe exercise techniques
  • Develop new skills by taking classes
LACK OF RESOURCES
  • Select activities requiring minimal equipment: walking, running, strength training using body- weight, calisthenics, jumping rope etc.
  • Find inexpensive & convenient resources: community education, parks & recreation programs, worksite programs etc.
WEATHER CONDITIONS
  • Many activities are not weather dependent: indoor cycling, aerobic dance, indoor swimming, treadmill running or walking, mall walking, rowing etc.
TRAVEL
  • Bring exercise bands, do push-ups & crunches
  • Book hotels with fitness centers & pools
  • Walk or run outside
FAMILY OBLIGATIONS
  • Trade babysitting
  • Exercise with your children
  • Exercise at home
  • Exercise when children are at school, sleeping, or busy
  • Play together
RETIREMENT YEARS
  • Opportunity to become more active, not less
  • Spend time in leisure activities: gardening, walking, playing with grandchildren
  • Learn a new skill: dancing, swimming, strength training etc.
  • Make regular activity a priority
Shape Up
  • Shape Up is a great way to overcome your barriers to exercise
  • It is a free benefit to CSS employees
  • Take advantage of this benefit and schedule an appointment with Megan Streveler through ImLeagues
PRIORITIZE YOUR HEALTH
  • What DO you make time for?
  • What could you do less of?... video games, social media, television, sitting, eating as a hobby, computer games, surfing the net, phone games etc.
  • You are the only one who can prioritize your health!