You are quickly resolved to start exercising the next day whenever someone points out that you’ve gotten out of shape. But when the next day arrives, you just as quickly forget all about your resolution. And even when you do start working out again, you give up after just a few weeks.
The problems you face in keeping up your workouts are a common concern. You are not the only one who is having trouble sticking to a daily fitness routine. However, there are ways to help you commit to your exercises until you have achieved your goals.
Common Hurdles Faced During Workouts
If you aren’t working out as much as you should, or you’ve given up on it completely, there are probably reasons behind it that you may not even realise.
Here are some of the most common workout hurdles:
There is not enough time for exercise
You find exercising inconvenient
You have hurt yourself badly while exercising
The gym hours are not convenient
You do not like exercising
You have more important things to do
You’re too tired to exercise
Exercise feels like a burden
You’re not motivated enough to workout
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How To Overcome These Workout Hurdles
The above mentioned hurdles are some of the most common ones faced by people trying to exercise. However, if you want to lead a healthy life, exercise is a must, and you need to focus on how to overcome these hurdles.
#1. Include Exercise In Daily Activities
If you do not have enough time for exercise, try to incorporate it in your daily activities. For example, walk to the market, grocer, bank, or cafe instead of driving. If you commute to work, walk at least two stops pa st where you normally catch the bus or train, and then get on.
You can also find a parking lot further from your destination, and walk the rest of the way. There are other little ways to include more exercise in your daily routine, just take the time to figure out what they are.
#2. Try Simpler Exercises In The Beginning
Start off by doing a few simple exercises. That way you won’t wind up panting with exertion after only a few reps. If your exercise routine results in too much fatigue, you will start to dislike it and tell yourself it’s not convenient for you.
#3. Learn How To Avoid Injury
If you’re afraid of getting injured, you must learn to overcome that. Learning how to warm up and cool down greatly reduce the risk of injury. Also remember that the exercises you choose to do should be suitable for your age, capacity, and fitness level.
#4. Exercise At Home
If finding time for the gym is difficult, try exercising at home. Choose a convenient time to exercise, and stick to it everyday. It helps to get into the habit of exercising at the same time every day. You can get some equipment, or try bodyweight and freehand exercises.
#5. Workout With Friends
If you tend to lose interest in exercising after only a short period of time, it’s probably because you’re not getting enough encouragement. In these instances, individuals look for excuses to quit exercising altogether.
Working out with friends is not only fun and engaging, but it also results in you getting the encouragement you need to keep working at your goals. Invite your friends to workout together. Make it more like a competition by setting goals, and working towards them together.
A proper diet and the right workout routine can do wonders for improving and maintaining your overall health. Nothing in this world comes easy. If you set your eyes on a goal, make sure you don’t give up halfway through.
Inconveniences are going to be a reality, but if you’re really willing, you can find a way to deal with those as well. It’s no secret that one of the keys to a happy and fulfilling life is good health, which is best achieved through discipline and perseverance.