Women’s Fitness: Breaking Down the Barriers to Better Health
Let’s face it: there’s a lot of reasons why you don’t exercise as soon as you get up in the morning, or after a long day at work. You’re tired, you’re busy, you’re just…not motivated. Just know that you aren’t the only one who feels this way.
There are plenty excuses for not exercising. So many, in fact, that they could be considered barriers rather than excuses. If you are one of the millions of women who just can’t seem to break through these barriers and start a healthy exercise regimen, here are a few way you can do so. If you can manage to follow these tips, you’ll find yourself on the way to a healthier you.
There’s Just No Time!
This one is the most common barrier to exercise…and the most understandable. Who wants to spend an hour exercising after putting in an eight workday? But there is time. There’s always time.
Staying healthy doesn’t mean that you need to exercise for an hour, four times a week. As little as 75 minutes a week of moderate exercise can do wonders for your health. This translates to just 15 minutes a day five times a week. Certainly, you can find 15 minutes a day to take a brisk or use a stationary bike or treadmill.
The best part is, if you can manage 15 minutes and you stick with it, you may find yourself going for 20 minutes a few weeks later, or even 30 minutes. The next thing you know, you’re working out regularly and with passion.
Who Wants to Go to a Gym?
Another common barrier is getting to the gym. It can be hectic, sitting in traffic and fighting others to use the equipment, all for an hour of intermittent exercise.
But there’s always the option of building yourself a home gym.
A home gym doesn’t even have to be fancy. Just a few pieces of equipment and light weights can give you the opportunity to exercise whenever you want without distraction. There is plenty of home exercise equipment you can choose from — treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines — that are affordable and fun to use. If you are interested, check out this website for different recommended home gyms.
I Have to Take Care of My Children!
Children are actually a blessing in disguise when it comes to staying in shape, whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or have a career.
What child doesn’t enjoy going outside to play? You can use this opportunity to take your children for a walk around your neighborhood, or a hike in the woods to explore. Remember, the key to staying in shape is to actually get out there and exercise, and even walking a few times a week can help keep you healthy. You will also instill the benefits of staying healthy in your children, which will be good for them in the future.
Don’t let barriers stop you from getting your exercise. Where there is a will there is a way and you will find yourself happier, healthier and less stressed when you put yourself first and get moving on a daily basis.
Hailey Parsons looks after her wellbeing; mind, body and spirit. She’s a mom of three who loves to write about finance, health and wellness.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is currently teaching yoga with Peloton. She is the star of over 100 videos, seen in several magazines and tv shows and is a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!