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Help Yourself Over Exercise Hurdles

Make Options Instead of Excuses

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Hurdle #3: "I’m experiencing 'burnout' on my current program." Helpers:
  • Change your routine! Workout in the morning or midday instead of the evening. If you usually exercise outdoors, bring it inside and try a new piece of cardio equipment or fitness video. Take a class at your gym. Even just changing the order of your exercises can fight boredom.
  • Set simple goals at first—ones that may even seem easy like walking for 5 minutes. Gradually build up by adding more difficult goals. Increase activity (time, distance) and intensity (speed, resistance, incline) as you gain success and momentum.
  • Find a fitness buddy who has similar goals; make regular appointments to exercise together. A buddy can also be comforting when you’re afraid to try something new like join a gym or take that Yogilates class.
  • Do things you enjoy! Exercise doesn’t have to be a "work" out. Play soccer, basketball or another game instead of just jogging or riding the stationary bike. Learn karate or tae kwon do. Take a ballroom dance class with your partner.
Hurdle #4: "I don’t have the support of my family and friends." Helpers:
  • Join a support group on the Message Boards. When you’re going through similar challenges together, you can encourage and make each other accountable.
  • Ask a co-worker, friend, neighbor, or fellow gym member to be your workout buddy.
  • Speak positively about your healthy nutrition and exercise routine.
  • Develop a reward system for yourself. If others won’t congratulate you, congratulate yourself!
  • Tell them how important these changes are to your health and happiness—and how that affect their lives too. Your loved ones should be there to support you, not sabotage you. Ask them for support, even if they may not be willing to change their own habits.
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Liz Noelcke Liz Noelcke
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Member Comments

  • Great article. - 10/13/2013 3:45:53 PM
  • AZURE-SKY
    One tip for finding more time to exercise - step away from the computer!

    If you regularly spend an hour or more on Facebook, Pinterest, or just web surfing, set a kitchen timer for 30 minutes. When it rings, walk away from the computer - you've just freed up 30 minutes to exercise. When you're done exercising, guess what?

    Your Facebook friends will still be there! And, now you can update your status to say you've just worked out!!! - 6/21/2013 12:21:58 PM
  • Great article. - 6/21/2013 10:20:26 AM
  • As a person who frequently walks for exercise, I also suggest changing up the route...it can be as simple as just going the opposite direction from the usual route. You will see a whole different perspective going the other way! - 4/28/2013 8:44:21 PM
  • Please edit these! - 4/11/2013 4:22:29 PM
  • PUGGLEMONKEY
    For those who, like me, lose motivation when the scale and/or tape measure doesn't move, I highly recommend Michael Mosley's series on diet and exercise on PBS. The series takes a look at some of the latest research into how diet and exercise effect the body and ways to get the benefits without spending tons of money or excessive time. For me, just learning about the health benefits has provided a great deal of motivation just when I need it most. It is also entertaining and I like the basis in GOOD science to back it up. I found some of the new scientific ways of measuring health and fitness fascinating. - 4/11/2013 12:57:19 PM
  • MRE1956
    From personal experience, sadly, I have learned NOT to rely on FAMILY! If you have support beyond that, it may be best to look to those systems........ju
    st sayin'...... - 1/14/2013 7:55:54 AM
  • WAREXCLUSIVE
    This makes me feel so silly, but I would often put off exercise in the morning because my 30 minute resistance training just felt like too much! And then in the evenings after work, I would be too tired to even bother. Breaking it up into 2 x 15 minute programs is such a good idea! - 10/30/2012 3:27:49 AM
  • I have been on here for over 3 months, have lost 20 pounds already, but am having to switch it up some on the training I do on certain days. I have been rotating the exercises I have been doing lately so it's not the same as it is every day. But when I first started this, I was forgetting to do a whole exercise because I was so into the routine of always doing them in a set way.

    I think it helped me hit that first 20-pound loss because I was changing the program a little. And since I haven't been able to walk since the first 3 weeks after joining, I am ready to get back out there and walk again. I HOPE they take this cast off my leg the frist week of October. This is MY time of year and I love walking outside in fall. So we'll see how getting back to walking my 2 miles a day will switch it up again and see if it gives me my 2nd 20-pound loss! - 9/29/2012 2:00:46 PM
  • you have a typo in the second hurdle:
    Hurdle #2: "I'm discouraged since I donít seen immediate results." Helpers:

    i don't seen - 8/18/2010 9:52:51 AM
  • you have a typo in the second hurdle:
    Hurdle #2: "I'm discouraged since I donít seen immediate results." Helpers:

    i don't seen - 8/18/2010 9:52:28 AM
  • I haven't met any goals so maybe that's why I'm not into it. I have joined some team challenges to motivate myself. Don't want to let my mates down. - 8/9/2009 11:33:42 AM
  • Great article. - 6/1/2008 9:38:39 PM
  • APFCDA
    I agree with SANDLAPPER1...rea
    ching a goal makes you feel like "I can do this" & helps give you the confidence to continue on the weight loss path. - 1/6/2008 3:55:01 PM
  • I think HURDLE #4 is one of the most important for self-motivation; specifically item #3:
    make rewards for yourself - If others don't congradulate you, congradulate yourself ! It builds up self esteem and lowers any co-dependency ways of thinking. First and foremost, you are doing this for YOU and your health. - 11/14/2007 2:17:44 PM
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