Sunday, October 9, 2011

Ways to Get Past Fitness Obstacles

By Bojen Makhob

What obstacles are preventing you from reaching your fitness goals? There are various obstacles that people face and they can sound like valid reasons for not exercising. You can overcome your obstacles and improve your fitness by using the following guidelines.

One common excuse for not exercising is a lack of time. It can be hard to find time to go to the gym or go for a jog between work and family responsibilities. If you look at your schedule, though, you may find that you aren't making the most of your time. But one study shows that on average, people in the U.S. watch five hours of television every day. Cutting that number in half would give you more time for fitness related activities. Other time wasters are computer games, trivial phone calls, and text messaging. Cutting back on unproductive activities will give you more time for exercise.

Is your difficulty participating in a fitness program due to an illness, injury, or some other long term health challenge? There is such a wide variety of exercises that you can do that you may be able to find a way around any physical limitations that you may have. Even people who have no use of their legs, for example, can do exercises for their upper bodies.

It is common for people to become bored with their workout routine within weeks of starting it. Varying the exercises you do is important for this reason. Your exercises will be more effective as well as less boring if you vary what you do because it keeps the muscles from adapting. Look into taking different exercise classes and vary which machines you use at the gym and how you use them. When it comes to lifting weights, you can also try varying the focus of your training. You can do this by alternating between doing more reps and sets with lighter weights, and doing fewer with heavier weights. Variety can help to keep your workouts interesting.

Patience and discipline are the keys to getting the desired results from any fitness routine. It may take some time to reach your goals, but many people start to feel better soon after beginning a fitness routine.

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