Presentation on theme: "Barriers to Physical Fitness And overcoming them…."— Presentation transcript:
Barriers to Physical Fitness And overcoming them…
What is a barrier to Physical Fitness? A barrier is something that gets in the way of you achieving your goals Stops you from achieving a higher fitness level Can make you feel helpless and unable to change
There are many barriers… Not enough time to exercise Lack of motivation Inconvenient to exercise Exercise is not enjoyable Exercise is boring Lack of confidence in ability to exercise successfully
Even more… Fear of being injured, or have been injured recently Lack of self management skills Ability to set personal goals Monitor progress Award progress towards meeting goals Lack of encouragement from family and friends Do not have access to appropriate facilities Bicycle paths, sidewalks, nice parks (none of you who live in Missoula have this issue)
Not enough time… Monitor your daily schedule for one week, figure out any 30 minute time slots you have throughout your daily routine Find ways of active transportation Walking/biking to school Walk the dog when you get home Exercise during TV time (commercials work great!)
Lack of motivation… Plan ahead! Make exercise part of your daily routine by marking it on your calendars (which you all have ) Invite a friend to exercise with you Strength in numbers! Join an exercise group or class with people who have similar goals who will support you in your journey
Inconvenient to exercise… Excuses, excuses… Instead of sitting on the couch when you get home, get out with the dog and walk!
Not Enjoyable When transitioning from a life of inactivity to an active lifestyle, it will feel uncomfortable at first But we all know our bodies adapt to increased work loads right? (overload principle)
Lack of confidence… Start building your confidence by participating in activities that you are already good at…like walking! Take the plunge! Jump, and a net will appear People who are exercising all had to start somewhere, but we all are striving towards the same goals-becoming healthier!
Fear of injury… Prevent injury by warming up and cooling down before exercise (you all know what this is!) Exercise within your current level of fitness Take classes to learn and master new skills safely!
Lack of self management skills Set a plan for yourself-use your calendars! Monitor your progress If you write it down, you will be able to physically see your progress and know you are moving towards meeting your goals Important to reward yourself! Plan rewards that are meaningful to you in your life
Lack of encouragement from family and friends… Your friends may question your reasons for wanting to change your life Only because change is different and scary When people change, it makes friends/family question their own lifestyles and feel guilty about themselves They will often try to convince you not to change only because it makes them feel bad about themselves
Lack of facilities/resources... You don’t need to spend any money to improve your overall fitness levels Many gyms offer scholarships Though you don’t need to pay for a gym membership to get active I used to lift weights in my apartment with milk jugs filled with sand, and did pull ups from tree branches…
You have the power!! You have the knowledge to change your life and get active You can learn the skills to stay active and push yourself You can do more than you ever thought possible!!!!