What is the biggest hurdle people face in getting fit or even active?
The biggest hurdle is programmed thoughts. It is very easy to be active or get fit, but people don't really believe this. Often, they think you have to work hard to get results. It is actually thoughts and the mind holding them back, nothing else.
For me I like to have a partner. I have had and both decided to do something more convenient for them do I then stop! So my biggest hurdle is self motivation.
Starting. The first day isn't even the hardest. It's 2 weeks later when your sore and tired and want to take that day off. If you allow yourself to take that day, it's the NEXT day that's going to be one of the hardest. You figure that one more day won't hurt, but if you take it, it'll be another 6 months before you put on your running shoes again.
I starting jogging about 3 years ago when a friend asked me to join her in running the marathon. Although I didn't run the marathon as the training hours were too long, I did run the half marathon. Now, 3 years on, I still run regularly and will be taking part in a half marathon this September.
Why do I keep running? Because I enjoy not panting like an old geezer when I run for the bus. Because of the little aches and pains that magically disappear when you start to exercise. Because of the great feeling you get when you find that you can go faster each year although you are one year older.
Why didn't I start earlier? Probably because I didn't know the benefits other than it's good for you.
I think the biggest hurdle for people is that they have not found a way to be active and enjoy it. A lot of people go to the gym because they want to be fit, but they do not enjoy what they are doing at all. For many people working out at the gym feels like working. It feels like a chore.
I always advise people to play a sport that they like with their friends. It's easier to be fit if you do it by playing rather than by working.
Try to find the fun in everything in life where possible. It really does help a lot.
The biggest hurdles are discipline,want to, and commitment. If you want to be active, you will find a way to be active. President Obama the busiest man in America wakes up early everyday to exercise. A lot of people workout once,twice, or for a week and then stop due to lacked commitment. Working out is like brushing your teeth, or changing a babys diaper. You may not always want to do it, but you need to it. I am in great shape, and even I do not always want to go to the gym, change, and exercise. When you workout enough though it eventually becomes a routine that you want to do, before you get to this point though you will have to be disciplined and keep working out, even when you do not feel like it.
This is another reason to pay attention to professional athletes. They are the epitome of fitness, dedication, and discipline. For example- Kobe Bryant used to work out in the gym for 7 hours every day. That is part of his job so he does have the time to be in the gym for 7 hours. However do you think he always wanted to do that. Or did he do it because he knew it needed to be done.
Staying motivated. It's very difficult for alot of people to focus when it comes to getting fit, and that includes staying motivated. It helps to talk with other people about their goals and fitness attempts; somehow sharing experiences gives most people a feeling of support. Having a exercise buddy can have the same effect.
Starting a routine. It is so hard to just get something started. Once you do, you become unintentionally obsessed. You continue this routine until something interrupts it.
this is my biggest hurdle on my way to losing excess weight and fat. I have been living in a sedentary life where my whole day is spent just around the house, in front of my computer+cooking+eating+sleeping. Now I am accustomed to this bad habit and I tend to get really lazy when it comes to doing simple stretches.
In a time where friends, family, and work takes so much of your time, I find fitting in workouts the biggest challenge. Although, I have found somewhat of a compromise through years of working out and juggling my life, it can still be very difficult to allot an hour to working out, cooling down, and cleaning up.
I think that the biggest hurdle is staying with it. This is why a partner is helpful. So many of us are used to instant gratification, and shaping up takes a lot of time and patience.
Getting started really and staying committed. Some people make set a day to get started but never do and those who do get started my quit because their not seeing any results.
Personally, I'm a big fan of instant gratification. I've done routines but they don't last long because I get too antsy for the results.
To curb this, I've found that it is important to start with lifestyle changes that supplement what you already do as opposed to drastic changes. You don't have to sell your car and buy a bike if you don't want to -- though believe me, I've thought about it.
If you already commute to work, see where you have the opportunity to walk an extra block or two each way - possibly by getting off at an earlier or later train/bus stop. Maybe during lunch, walk a few blocks further to find a place to eat (or to find a park to sit at if you bring your meals). If you walk your dog or take your kids out to play, see if you can walk your dog just a little further (they love the smells of a new location) or play a game with your kids that involves more movement, like tag or a sport.
Getting over my lazy gene. Period. Once I set my mind to it, I do it. No questions asked. But it's really a complete mindset change along with the determination to set and meet the goal. If I'm not 100% all in, then I set myself up for failure, everytime.
I was on Weight Watchers 6 years ago. I lost 30lbs in 3 months and kept it off for 2 years. Then I packed it back on. I've done WW twice since and both times I was half-arsing it. I did well for maybe 3 weeks and then I was done. It was just too easy to fall back into my routine of eating whatever/whenever I wanted.
I was on Nutrisystem last year, lost 18lbs, but then I got lazy, didn't order enough meals for the following month and fell off the wagon again. Laziness and lack of motivation. It's my ugly truth when it comes to dieting.
The biggest hurdle people face in getting fit or even active is themselves. They lack motivation. Simulating interest in oneself, motivating yourself having desire, determination to look good would assist you to become active.
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