Whether you’re a fitness guru or an exercise beginner, there are certain obstacles everyone faces when trying to stay active. Sometimes these challenges can prevent you from reaching your exercise goals, whether you wish to lose weight or tone your muscles. Here are some common challenges and how to overcome them and stay on track:
1. Exercise is boring
Many people are swayed from fitness simply because they think it’s boring – and when your heart isn’t in it, staying in shape can be tough.
The solution: Try out different forms of exercise until you find something you like. Do you hate running on a treadmill? You’re not the only one. Thankfully, there are other ways to get in your cardio workout without being entirely disinterested in what you’re doing. Try activities like rock climbing, swimming, Zumba, cycling or kick boxing class. When you find an activity you enjoy, you may discover you actually look forward to breaking a sweat.
2. Muscles are sore
When you get in an effective workout, there’s a pretty good chance that your muscles are going to be sore. While exercising with sore muscles isn’t necessarily bad for you, it can often be uncomfortable.
The solution: There are certain things you can do to prevent muscle soreness after your workout. Massage the muscles that you targeted during your workout. A quick personal massage comes with great benefits, including improved blood flow, decreased inflammation and reduced muscle tightness.
It’s also a good idea to do some gentle stretching before and after a workout. This helps loosen up your muscles and prevent that sore feeling that comes after intense exercise.
3. There’s no time to exercise
When you work a 9-5 day, then have kids to take care of or errands to run after arriving home from the office, it can be hard to find time to exercise. The truth is, however, that even the busiest of people have time for a little fitness during the day.
The solution: If you don’t have time to hit the gym for an hour, find other small ways you can exercise. For example, walk around the room while you’re on a conference call at work, take the stairs instead of the elevator or go on a short walk outside during your lunch break. You can also try scheduling your workouts into the week. When it’s on the calendar, you don’t have an excuse to skip because you’ve already carved out the time.