The most often quoted excuse for not exercising is lack of time. However, you may be surprised to learn of another common barrier to getting fit. Read on to find out more including an ideal solution to the problem.
What Is Your Excuse?
Many American Adults Do Not Exercise On A Regular Basis
While there is ample evidence of the benefits of
exercise, statistics reveal that two-thirds of American adults are not physically active on a regular basis and a quarter get virtually no exercise at all.
This is bad news since our sedentary lifestyle is creating a ballooning health risk to our population.
Reasons For Not Exercising
The most common reason cited for not exercising is a lack of time. Exercise is just not given a high priority in people's schedules. However, a recent survey by the American Council on Exercise found another surprising result.
Nineteen percent of respondents claimed that they were just too out of shape to work out.
Fear Of The Gym
"Gym Intimidation," or being scared to be seen in the gym, can be a powerful barrier to getting in shape. This fear is especially true when the participant views the gym as being filled with hard bodies in scanty dress.
People who are not fit often believe that they need to get in shape prior to going to the gym.
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Common Gym Complaints
Another 46 percent of those polled complained that gyms are too crowded and 11 percent said that people who attend the gym are too rude.
Common complaints include not wiping down equipment, monopolization of weight machines and long, disturbing chats on cell phones.
Lack Of Gym Knowledge
In addition, another 21 percent pass up on going to the gym because they do not know what to do once they get there. Most said they are afraid to ask questions and get assistance.
Have A Personal Trainer Come To You
Fortunately, gyms are not the only place to exercise.
In fact, having a personal trainer come to you at your home or office is a great way to alleviate many of the common excuses attached to exercise.
Training At Home With A Personal Trainer Saves Time
Many people say they do not have time to exercise. Going to a gym requires getting dressed, driving to the gym, waiting on equipment and driving home.
When a trainer comes to you, they bring all the equipment needed and your workout is planned, efficient and based on your schedule.
Avoid Gym Intimidation By Working Out At Home
Secondly, there is no fear of gym intimidation when working out in your own home.
Since you will not be comparing yourself to others, you can simply focus on doing your best and work at your own pace.
Importance Of Scheduling Exercise Time
Every year many Americans resolve to get fit. However, research shows that more than half of people who begin exercising will drop their program within 3-to-6 months.
This is where scheduling time to exercise and the accountability of having a personal trainer is very effective.
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Personal Trainers Help Keep You On Task
A personal trainer will help you import an exercise routine into your weekly schedule. Since they plan the design, you do not have to think about what to do but simply follow their instructions.
Your trainer will hold you accountable to keeping your appointments, thus creating a higher success rate of reaching your goals. Most people are less likely to cancel their exercise time when they will be charged for it regardless.
The positive result is that the participant gets into a routine of exercising. It becomes more natural and a way of life. Becoming fit and feeling better is a benefit worth the effort!
About The Author
Pamela is a certified personal fitness trainer with a passion for fitness and good health. Her certifications include physical fitness specialist, biomechanics of resistance training, indoor cycling and focus pad training from the world renowned Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas as well as personal trainer from the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
She has competed in NPC Figure Competitions and is represented by the FAME Agency for fitness modeling.
Pamela was born and raised in Wayne, New Jersey and currently lives in the Dallas, Texas area. She is married to a fine art photographer and they have two children.
Learn more about Pamela here.