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Below you will find the 10 most common reasons adults cite for not adopting more physically active lifestyles. Maybe some of these reasons are holding you back also. Let's take a look and see how we can get moving!

  • Do not have enough time to exercise
  • Find it inconvenient to exercise
  • Lack self-motivation
  • Do not find exercise enjoyable
  • Find exercise boring
  • Lack confidence in their ability to be physically active
  • Fear being injured or have been injured recently
  • Lack self-management skills, such as the ability to set personal goals, monitor progress, or reward progress toward such goals
  • Lack encouragement, support, or companionship from family and friends
  • Do not have parks, sidewalks, bicycle trails, or safe

How can I figure out which barriers affect me most? The Barriers to Being Active Quiz (linked below) can help you identify the types of physical activity barriers that are undermining your ability to make regular physical activity and integral part of your life. The quiz calculates a score in each of seven barrier categories. Once you've taken the quiz and identified which barriers affect you the most, look below for suggestions on how to overcome them.

Lack of time: Identify available time slots. Monitor your daily activities for one week. Identify at least three 30- minute time slots you could use for physical activity. Add physical activity to your daily routine. For example, walk or ride your bike to work or shopping, organize school activities around physical activity, walk the dog, exercise while you watch TV, park farther away from your destination, etc. Make time for physical activity. For example, walk, jog, or swim during your lunch hour, or take fitness breaks instead of coffee breaks. Select activities requiring minimal time, such as walking, jogging, or stairclimbing.

    Social Influence: Explain your interest in physical activity to friends and family. Ask them to support your efforts. Invite friends and family members to exercise with you. Plan social activities involving exercise. Develop new friendships with physically active people. Join a group, such as the YMCA or a hiking club.

    Lack of Motivation: Plan ahead. Make physical activity a regular part of your daily or weekly schedule and write it on your calendar. Invite a friend to exercise with you on a regular basis and write it on both your calendars. Join an exercise group or class. f Motivation

    For the complete chart to help you overcome your barriers go to:

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