Author: Fit Carrot Crew
We all want to be healthy, and we have all thought about making better choices for our health, but when it comes to exercising, there always seems to be something holding us back. So what’s stopping you from exercising? We’ve come up with our top 3 problems when trying to start and stick to an exercise routine and how to deal with them.
I don't have enough time!
. We’ve all heard it before “I want to exercise, but I don’t have time”. Now this is more of an excuse than a problem, but we will address it anyway.
First, take into consideration that according to the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Report published by the U.S. government in 2008, you should aim for a minimum of “150 minutes a week of moderate intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking”. That’s 30 minutes a day, five days a week, of brisk walking. Anyone who says that they don’t have 150 minutes per week to spare is lying.
However, let’s say you want to go above and beyond those guidelines, and you want to exercise 60 minutes per day, 5 days a week. Even then you should be able to manage it, considering that one hour is about 4% of a 24 hour day. If you still don’t think you can fit 60 minutes of exercise into your day, there are a few things you can try:
When you stop and think about how long it takes to get a good workout, you’ll probably find that time isn’t much of a problem at all. Just an excuse.
I don't know how to work out!
Sometimes, people have the time to exercise and the desire to get in better shape, but don’t know how they should actually do it. Maybe you are too shy to lift weights at a gym, or maybe you find jogging to be extremely boring (I used to feel the same way).
Luckily, there are a million ways to exercise. The important thing is finding a method that works for you.
If you like games, look to sports for a way to get active. Shoot hoops at the rec center, or throw a Frisbee around with a friend. Looking to build muscle? Buy a gym membership, or purchase your own weights and lift at home. Feeling adventurous? Invest in a bike or canoe and explore nature and be healthy at the same time! The options are limitless.
Exercising should not be a chore. It should be fun and engaging; something you can do with friends or family, or enjoy alone. As long as you are making your body work at least a little bit, exercise can be whatever you want it to be.
I'm not seeing any results!
So now that you admit that you have enough time to exercise regularly, and you know how you want to exercise, the next step is to give your body time.
If you are trying to get fit, you will not see results overnight. Too many people quit their exercise routine after a couple weeks because they aren’t seeing any results.
DON’T GIVE UP.
When it comes to improving fitness, losing fat, building muscle, etc., results take time. How much time? Well it depends. There are is endless number of variables that play a role in changing the composition of your body. It depends on what you are doing for exercise, how long you do it, intensity, the list goes on. As a very general rule of thumb, you should expect at least a month to go by before you see any noticeable changes to your body.
If you’ve been exercising regularly for a month and still haven’t seen results, there are a few things you can do:
Once you start to see results, don’t look back. Keep exercising and keep making progress. Eventually you will get into a rhythm and exercising will become second nature.