Perhaps one of the biggest obstacles standing between the majority of people who need more exercise and that exercise which they need is a lack of motivation. Many attribute their lack of fitness to a shortage of time – they say they are scheduled to a maximum and can’t find an hour, neither here nor there, in which to give their bodies a workout. Others say they just don’t care how they look, but I can say that’s often not really true, just because we are a visual people. Long before we hear, touch, taste or smell things, we see them, and we all rely heavily on appearances when making decisions, for better or worse.
I understand that the time constraints can be very real, especially for people who work long hours at a job or have children to care for, or college courses to worry about passing. There are many things which dominate our time throughout the day, but it is important to remember that nobody else is going to take care of us. We have to take care of ourselves. We must make the time for fitness, even if our busy schedules put so many demands on us that it seems an impossible feat. There are some bits of technology, mostly a few apps I’ll mention here, which can help anyone improve their physical health.
I happen to really enjoy the protein app I use for nutritious milkshake recipes. They may not be the tastiest milkshakes out there, but they certainly are some of the healthiest. They pack a ton of energy and raw power into a standard glass size, but manage to keep out a lot of the calories you’re probably used to seeing in standard milkshakes. Eating right is a good start to getting started exercising. That extra bit of energy you get when you start feeding your body better quality food can be the push you need to stop feeling so tired so often and start exercising more.
A change of environment could also help you to get started doing exercises. Whatever gets you motivated is a good thing here, and some of us need to be in an environment where exercise is expected before we feel comfortable exercising. I always wear a fitness wristband while at the gym so I can keep track of things like calories burned, the number of minutes I spend working out, my heart rate and other important pieces of information. Perhaps a tool like this is a little advanced for someone just starting out, but once you’re investing a regular amount of time every week, you too will want to know how you’re doing.
Remember, everything starts out small. You don’t just become healthy all of a sudden – it takes time to get there, and it takes time just to get started on the path, too. Pushing yourself too hard at first will invariably lead to frustration, failure, and a very sudden decline in your willingness to keep trying. Therefore, you should take small steps when you’re just starting out, to avoid falling on your face. Lift light weights, or go for brisk walks rather than jogs or runs, or do easy, aerobic exercises rather than more intensive anaerobic exercises when you’re just beginning.
It is equally important to remember that you are only human. Humans have limitations, and while they can eventually be overcome, they may be too much to beat alone when you are just starting your new exercises. There are apps which can help a person to create a good schedule and stick to it, or bring up interesting new exercises to try out on a regular pace. I actually got the hang of a workout of the day app, which keeps track of what my fitness tasks are today, tomorrow, the next day and so on. Apps like this are of much utility to people who have never made an exercise plan in the past.
A lack of confidence is often behind a person’s failure to act, especially when the action given would lead to significant increase in that person’s health or well-being. Some people fail to start exercising because they simply believe they can’t. They either think they are too weak, or too fat, or they lack the knowledge or time necessary to get the results they want. Nothing could be more easily fixed than this list of issues, however. Educational materials on exercise exist and are as easy to find as doing a web search. When action is necessary, then one must act. Thinking of it like this should help bolster your confidence.
Some of us are more followers than leaders, and this too can have an effect on our ability to make good, healthy decisions. Exercising alone may seem unlikely or even impossible, but those people who suffer from a lack of motivation may be able to get it just by standing next to someone with a stronger will. It is not the end of the world to admit you are weak – none of us are perfect and we all have shortcomings in one place or another. Finding one or more people to exercise with may be exactly what you need, if none of the other issues I’ve listed here seem to be what is keeping you from exercising.
Here, I have outlined many different reasons people have problems getting started exercising, as well as tried and true solutions to solving these problems. For some readers, I’m sure the issue keeping them from exercising is more likely a combination or mixture of many of these factors. Whether it’s one or half a dozen, all of these problems can be overcome with a bit of grit and knowledge. I’ve already told about how to work around many of the reasons people give for failing to exercise, but I haven’t listed them all. Feel free to share your personal experiences regarding this topic, as I’m sure many could benefit.
In closing, let me recommend one more thing. Getting enough sleep is vital to having not only enough energy to get through the day, but also some spare to use on things like exercise. Make sure you’re getting enough rest.