Overcoming Barriers to Physical Activity

Run the Plank is a good motivator to increase of begin a consistent physical activity routine. Sometimes it’s just hard to get started, we have so many barriers to adding physical activity to our schedule. Here are some common barriers and ways to overcome them.

  • Lack of time: Monitor your daily activities for one week. Identify at least three 30-minute time slots you could use for physical activity.
  • Social influence: Invite friends and family members to exercise with you. Plan social activities involving exercise.
  • Lack of energy: Schedule physical activity for times in the day or week when you feel energetic.
  • Lack of motivation: Plan ahead. Make physical activity a regular part of your daily or weekly schedule and write it on your calendar.
  • Fear of injury: Learn how to warm up and cool down to prevent injury. Choose activities involving minimum risk.
  • Lack of skill: Select activities requiring no new skills, such as walking, climbing stairs, or jogging.
  • Lack of resources: Select activities that require minimal facilities or equipment.
  • Weather conditions: Develop a set of regular activities that are always available regardless of weather (indoor cycling, aerobic dance, indoor swimming, calisthenics, stair climbing, rope skipping, mall walking, dancing, gymnasium games, etc.)
  • Travel: Put a jump rope in your suitcase and jump rope. Walk the halls and climb the stairs in hotels.
  • Family obligations: Exercise with the kids-go for a walk together, play tag or other running games, get an aerobic dance or exercise tape for kids and exercise together.
  • Retirement years: Look upon your retirement as an opportunity to become more active instead of less. Spend more time gardening, walking the dog, and playing with your grandchildren.
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