Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tips for Getting Past Typical Obstacles to Fitness

By Bojen Makhob

It can be very frustrating to begin an exercise or fitness program and run into what seems like a brick wall. This can come in the form of schedule conflicts that get in the way of your routine. But if you really want to get fit you know it's important to find a way around these obstacles. In order to help you reach a higher level of fitness, we will be covering some ways to overcome some of the common obstacles people often run into.

Oddly enough, one of the most common obstacles to starting or sticking with a fitness program is that you don't feel fit enough! Since the point of exercise is to improve your condition, this doesn't make sense, but it still deters some people. Starting to exercise when you're not in the best shape can provoke anxiety in many people. Some people try exercising and are discouraged when they find how easily they tire. The truth is, almost everyone can exercise, but you have to begin at the right place, no matter how basic. Your doctor can advise you about what type of exercise is appropriate if you have any illness or serious condition. If you feel out of shape, you might want to start walking regularly, as this is something you can begin as slowly as you want, and increase as you get fitter. Eventually, plateaus happen to everyone who participates in any type of exercise. Getting past a certain number of miles may seem impossible for runners, for example. For those that lift weights, you may be able to lift only a certain amount. Making even minor changes to your routine is the best way to get past this obstacle. By exercising your body in a slightly different manner, you can often get past your limitations. It's important to know that you still benefit from the regular exercise even when you seem to be stuck at a certain level.

Starting with unrealistic expectations are the reason many people don't stick with their fitness programs so when they don't see immediate results, they quit. You have to understand that improving your health and level of fitness doesn't happen overnight. Whether your fitness goal is to build muscle or endurance, or to lose a certain amount of weight, it will take time and may take longer than you'd like.

You will reach your goal as long as you're putting forth the effort but if you do nothing, you won't get there. Take a "go with the flow" kind of attitude with your fitness program rather than expecting dramatic results in a short time.

You will need patience and discipline to see the results that you want from your fitness routine. Soon after beginning a fitness routine, many people start feeling better, although it may take time to reach their goals.

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