Overcoming common fitness challenges

POSTED: 10:39 AM MST Feb 26, 2014    UPDATED: 03:31 PM MDT Mar 10, 2014 
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By Mayo Clinic News Network

Sticking to a regular exercise schedule isn't easy. After all, there are plenty of potential hindrances -- time, boredom, injuries, self-confidence. But these issues don't need to stand in your way. Consider practical strategies for overcoming common barriers to fitness.

1. I don't have enough time to exercise

Setting aside time to exercise can be a challenge. Use a little creativity to get the most out of your time.

2. I think exercise is boring

It's natural to grow weary of a repetitive workout day after day, especially when you're going it alone. But exercise doesn't have to be boring.

3. I'm self-conscious about how I look

Don't get down on yourself! Remind yourself what a great favor you're doing for your cardiovascular health, or focus on how much stronger you feel after a workout.

4. I'm too tired to exercise after work

No energy to exercise? Without exercise, you'll have no energy. It's a vicious cycle. But breaking the cycle with physical activity is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.

5. I'm too lazy to exercise

If the mere thought of a morning jog makes you tired, try these thoughts on for size:

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/fitness/ART-20045099