How do I get started?
TO start being more active, try these tips:
◆Think about your barriers to being active. Then try to come up with creative ways to solve them. The following examples may help you overcome barriers.
1. Barrier: I don’t have enough time!
Solution: Be active for a few minutes at a time throughout the day. Sit less. Try to walk more while doing your errands, or schedule lunchtime workouts to boost your overall activity. Plan ahead and be creative!
2. Barrier: I feel self-conscious when I’m active.
Solution: Be active at home while doing household chores, and find ways to move more during your day-to-day activities. Try walking with a group of friends with whom you feel comfortable.
3. Barrier: I’m worried about my health or injury.
Solution: You might feel better if you talk to a health care professional first. Find a fitness provider to guide you, or sign up for a class so you feel safe. Remember that activity does not have to be difficult! Gentle activity is good too.
4. Barrier: I just don’t like exercise.
Solution: Good news—you do not have to run or do push-ups to get the benefits of being physically active. Try dancing to the radio, walking outdoors, or being active with friends to spice things up.
5. Barrier: I can’t stay motivated!
Solution: Try to add variety to your activities and ask your friends to help you stay focused on being active. Consider an activity video for extra encouragement. Also, set realistic goals, track your progress, and be sure to celebrate your achievements!