If you feel as if too many things get in between you and exercise, you are not alone. Top trainers and health agencies throughout the country hear similar complaints and concerns from adults of all characteristics, personal circumstances and personalities. In the end, your desire and motivation to work out must find a suitable support system that not only understands the difficulties you are facing, but that also can ultimately help you get through them toward the fitness level you deserve.
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A Busy Life
Schedule or time limitations are one of the most often cited reasons people experience a lack of exercise. According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine, it is in fact the number one reason. Lack of time-base explanations often center on family life and obligations such as child care resources. A parent who cannot find a babysitter is less likely to feel capable of hitting the gym. Additionally, work duties consume much of the day and leave you with fewer exercise options and little energy. Both NASM and elite trainer Suzanne Luft also cite a perceived lack of access to either exercise equipment or facilities as frequently stated causes.
Fear of the Gym
Noting that anxieties may lead to lack of exercise concern more than time loss, Dr. Darren Treasure, an expert in the psychology of motivation in sport and exercise, asserts that some people fear the prospect of physical exertion. In other circumstances, Treasure suggests that some would-be exercisers deem the facilities in their area to be undesirable or even unsafe. NASM adds a lack of knowledge to the list of fears. People who consider themselves less in command of the use of machines, exercise techniques or other criteria are more prone to avoid exercising, particularly in public. And those already overweight might consider themselves under deeper scrutiny.
Lack of Motivation
Many experts, however, state that the biggest reason people engage in limited or no exercise is that they are not properly motivated. Regardless of other pressures and circumstances existing in a person's life, trainers like Luft and Jeremiah Foster claim an individual must make a personal commitment to themselves to exercise; one that establishes the importance of exercise to a healthy lifestyle. In this sense, if you lack proper motivation to exercise, seek a support system from family or friends, or hire a professional trained to help you get the results that will keep you going.
Working Out as a Family
If family life is one of the factors keeping someone from exercising, Luft recommends an exercise program tailored for both children and adults. This way, you get the exercise you need and share the experience and value with your children. If a trainer is in your budget, the trainer can craft a program that suits your fitness level, schedule and fitness goals. A trainer can become a key partner in overcoming exercise fears or even peripheral anxieties that are keeping you from working out. As Foster states, fitness professionals bring a clear vision to clients, and they can also map out a strategy and help you persevere.