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|Posted on 22 August, 2016 at 18:00|
I see it day in and day out. Friends and Family often say, "hey Tim, I have always wanted to work out but I can't because ______." There are certain obstacles that everyone will face when trying to active. Whether you are training for the Olymics, trying to lose weight, or just trying to stay healthy, there are always hurdles in life that seem to inhibit people from tieing their shoes and hitting the gym. Here are the most common struggles that I have both seen in others, and experienced in my own life:
1. No Time
Nobody in todays world seems to have enough time to get through all of their tasks. Day in and day out, people go to work or school, they have errands to do etc. Interestingly enough, some of the busiest people I know seem to find time to exercise.
Schedule, schedule, schedule. Seems simple, right? Well it can be. If you put the gym in at a convienient time, in a convienient place, then all of the sudden it becomes convienient to go there. When I worked from 8:30 to 5:30, Monday to Friday, I found a gym right next to my job. For me, this meant I could wake up at 5:30, zip over to the gym and train for 90 min, shower and get breakfast right up until it was time to head into the office. Not only did this save me time wasted during rush hour traffic, but it allowed me to have more time in the evening to get my other tasks done.
This does not mean that the correct solution for everyone is to get up early to train. It does mean that there is a way to make it convienient to squeeze the gym in right before, or right after another obligation.
2. Too Tired
The next common exercise hurdle is that many people become too fatigued to exercise. Sometimes, life throws a lot at you: working long shifts, not getting enough sleep, or eating very little. This often results with going home and relaxing before bed (or sleeping in in the morning) instead of hitting the gym.
Ironically, when people exercise, their energy levels increase. Exercise creates a physiological response the heightens the senses and "wakes you up." This is sometimes my biggest problem. After a long day, or a tough night, it is hard to get into the gym. Its been said before: the toughest part of exercise is tieing your shoes. Meaning: once you get your gym clothes on and tie your shoes, the hard part is over. The trick is: drive to the gym and go in the locker room. Once you are on site, in workout clothes, you will already feel a bit more awake. Once you get warmed up, you will feel awake and ready to go. Once you complete your workout, you will have more energy than when you started.
Every once in a while, I will have somebody come in for a consultation, and they will say something along the lines of, "My biggest fear is that exercise is going to aggrevate my *insert injury*, so I have never been able to exercise." Well my response is usually something like, "Well although exercise can be scary and you could hurt yourself, there is a way to exercise around most any injury, and exercising safely will not onset a new injury."
People get injured. It just happens. Whether its low back pain from sitting at a desk all day, or a broken foot, there is a way to elevate your heart rate and get some exercise in. I have had a variety of injuries, and during almost all of them, I have found a way to exercise just as frequently. Maybe I dropped back intensity and volume, but I was able to put in some work and it helped me to recover from my injury sooner. Listen to your body, and know that every problem has a solution. There is a lot of value in knowledge. You just need to know where to look.
I hope you enjoyed my first blog post. There will be more to come.