Fitness: Getting Around Barriers to Exercise
Even when you know the good things about being active, you may find it hard to change your lifestyle until you deal with the reasons you give yourself for not being active. Barriers to exercise include the valid reasons you aren't active and the excuses you make to avoid something you dislike or fear.
Why don't you exercise? For a few days or a week, write down your reasons for not exercising. Then for each of your reasons, write a response that prompts you to reconsider your choice. Look at this list of reasons and responses whenever you are about to make a choice about exercising.
Perhaps the greatest fear that holds people back is the fear of failure. The most helpful approach to this fear is to carefully define "success" and "failure" using realistic goals. If your goal is simply to become more active than you are now, it will be hard to fail. If your goal is to look like the people in health club ads or to lose a certain amount of weight, then the fear of failure is likely to hold you back.
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