Exercise adherence is one of the biggest problem most people face. People dodge an exercise programme or drop it for one of two main reasons: Either they're unclear on their own goals & motivating factors, or they give in to hurdles that most regular exercisers are able to ride. These two are interrelated: it's easier to give in to barriers are when you don't quite comprehend what the potential benefits are. To understand the same for starters, personal reflection is important. Planning & organization are the key factors to overcome these barriers. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail!
Today's article will focus on understanding some of these external & internal blocks, & strategies to overcome them.
External blocks refer to obstacles such as having to commute long distances to & from work, having multiple responsibilities such as a career, keeping house, managing kids, or being a single-parent, & so on, or keeping long work hours at work.
Internal blocks are basically a congregation of feelings, perceptions, notions & thoughts that people have about exercise & themselves.External Blocks
This refers to each person's environment & current life conditions. These blocks work from the outside in. These situations pose real time & convenience restrictions to people's ability to commit & stick to an exercise regimen.
Lower income groups face more of these barriers than people of high-income groups do. Lower income groups tend to feel that fitness centres are too highly priced, & inconveniently situated, whereas those belonging to a high-income bracket do not tend to share these concerns. Culture has a huge influence on exercise & adherence to the same. As western culture continues to infiltrate Indian culture, this situation is improving. Exercise adherence can also vary depending on age. For instance, barriers for adults ranging from 60- 78 tend to be injury & ill health, whereas responsibilities towards children, lack of time & low motivation tend to be the main factors for adults from 20- 40.Internal Blocks
Internal barriers greatly influence novices. These people have often never exercised before, but are thinking about it. They may have mildly dabbled with exercise in some small way. They find a train of excuses not to exercise regularly. Some of their barriers include self-consciousness with regard to body size, low self-esteem, intimidation & embarrassment.
Overcoming your blocks
Acute awareness of the above-mentioned problems, & changing our perception of both exercise, & ourselves is the key to overcoming our blocks. Let's discuss some practical ways to help people change their mind about various exercise blocks.
To overcome intimidation, embarrassment & self-consciousness, here are ways to quickly get past these negative feelings.
The research on the time barrier is clear: Most people who exercise regularly are as busy, & often busier, than those who are physically inactive.
Once you discover the value of physical exercise, it's less likely that you will use the "I don't have the time" excuse for not exercising.
As the saying goes, if you don't make time for exercise, then you'll have to make time for illness!>
Just think of the amount of time that you spend each day by being physically inactive. How much time do you spend daily watching television? Or being fixated in front of your computer monitor? Aren't we starting to lead sedentary lifestyles? What are we consciously doing to make up for this?
Integrate exercise with other basic requirements in life. Many people view exercise as separate from other aspects in life such as social, intellectual, spiritual, & religious needs. We should learn to take a more holistic approach, where all our needs, physical too, are balanced & interwoven with the next. For instance, married couples can use exercise sessions to meet their physical requirements, while simultaneously bonding with their spouse. Mind-body classes such as Pilates can help you explore your spiritual side while providing a great workout.
"True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind, & exercise of the body; the two are united."
-Alexander Von Humbolt
Break through your barriers, & make exercise a lifetime commitment.