No matter how hard we try, we all have days where we intended to work out yet something has come up, and for one reason or another we’ve missed the opportunity for exercise.
This seems to happen to me a lot lately. After all, life is busy! Many people struggle with the ability to carve out time for a workout when day to day demands seem to take over.
Here are some of the common factors standing in the way of your active lifestyle. Included are tips on how to help you stay on track with your wellness goals.
1.Wasted time on the internet: Many of us use ‘surfing the web’ or social media connections as a form of relaxation. Unfortunately, before you know it many hours have passed and time gets away from you. Before you allow yourself to open the lap top, get your exercise in. Another option would be to set time limits for yourself. Allow yourself only a half hour to facebook with friends before you log off and get moving.
2. Stress: When the kids are sick or you are up against a deadline at work, the demands on your time may seem overwhelming. At these times especially, it is important to take care of yourself. A brisk walk, even a short one, can boost your mood and help with stress and anxiety.
3. Overtraining: We’ve all done it. If you are new to exercise or starting an exercise program that is new to you, we will spend day after day in the gym without scheduled rest days. We all think that we are getting more out of the program by staying in the gym. Not true! Rest days can help avoid injuries and should be a vital part of any exercise program, you're body is repairing itself on rest days and preparing you for your next workout.
4. The unforeseeable event: You thought you were going to go to your favorite zumba class after work however your child’s ride to practice fell through and now you’re the carpool driver. Or someone walks into your office with a concern that you need to address immediately and you’ve missed your 6pm spin class. Sometimes these things are unavoidable. This is the time that your home workout comes into play. Rather than get discouraged that you missed your scheduled class, take a walk or jog around your neighborhood, do some jumping jacks, crunches, push ups at home. Something is better than nothing.
5. Low self esteem or negative self talk: “I will never be able to keep up with anyone else in the class”, “everyone that works out there is probably already fit”, “even though aqua fitness would be good for me I need to get in shape before I’ll put a bathing suit on in front of anyone”. To this I will say we all start somewhere! The people you see in your body toning class who appear to be fit may not have always looked this way. Not only that, you will be surprised to find that classes have people of all levels of fitness. Our professional instructors give suggestions and options to all skill levels. It is through hard work, commitment and dedication that they are achieving their fitness goals.
6. I can’t afford a gym membership: While there are ways to get and stay fit with an at home exercise program, many folks would rather workout in an organized setting but are reluctant to join a gym because of cost OR join the wrong kind of gym because the price is right and then have a bad experience.
Did you know at the Capital District YMCA we never turn anyone away for inability to pay? Our scholarship program is available to help adults, youth, seniors and families in need come to the YMCA and experience all that the Y has to offer.
When setting your fitness goals it is important to take your life, schedule and commitments into consideration and then develop a realistic plan that is right for you.