I was recently talking to a group of women that I know from my community on the topic of: what holds people back from maintaining a regular exercise plan. We all know that when we exercise on a regular basis there are a multitude of health benefits. Some of these benefits include: weight control, combat health conditions & diseases, improved mood and increased energy. Sounds good, right?
So why then aren’t we all involved in regular physical activity? Based on my conversation with these ladies I would like to share with you their thoughts then provide some insight on solutions.
I work full time and have kids at home, I don’t have time to exercise. You don’t have to go to a gym to exercise. Look for ways to incorporate activity into your daily routine. Some examples of this would be taking a brisk walk during your lunch hour. Take a stretch break at work. Exercise before the kids get up or after they go to bed. Split up your exercise time into smaller increments. If you only have 10 minutes, exercises for those 10 minutes and try for another 10 minutes mid-day and then again in the evening. You don’t have to work out for an hour at a time, there are substantial health benefits from 30 minutes of exercise daily.
I don’t like to work out alone. Join a group exercise class or hire a personal trainer. Having support, motivation and accountability to others is a very powerful tool to keep you focused and engaged which will help keep you on track with your fitness goals.
After I exercise I don’t feel like working out again because I am so sore. I’m afraid to get injured. Anytime you are new to exercise or trying something different you can likely expect to experience some muscle soreness and/or muscle awareness. Ease into exercise and give your body the time it needs to adapt to the physical demands being placed on it. Often people come on too strong and burn out quickly. Make the time to add exercise to your routine but be sure to have it be gradual and progressive.
I can’t afford a gym membership. This is one, we hear a lot! Gym memberships can seem expensive, especially if you are not using it. While most gyms have a set membership fee, the great thing about the YMCA is that we offer financial assistance for those that qualify. We believe everyone should have the ability to live a healthy lifestyle. Through our financial assistance program individuals and families can make those healthy behavioral changes without breaking the bank!
So what’s stopping you?
At the Y, we want you to be healthy! If you are looking for help, support, and motivation to get you on the right path, contact me (email@example.com) so that I may connect you with a wellness professional in one of our branches.