Lack of time, money and confidence are up there with the top reasons why people choose not to exercise; as well as other common reasons such as embarrassment, fear or a dislike of exercise in general.
If you haven’t done any exercise for a while, you may lack the confidence to get started or you may feel too self-conscious to work out in front of other people. But, developing a healthy lifestyle is all about taking baby steps and understanding that the little things you change now can have a huge positive impact on your health in the future. In order to be healthy, adults need around 2 and a half hours of moderate exercise or 1 hour and a quarter of vigorous exercise each week. Exercise doesn’t mean you have to spend this time sweating in a crowded gym or spend the time getting shouted at by a personal trainer; all it takes is a plan that suits you.
Here are just a few tips to help improve your confidence and motivation to start exercising:
When it comes to exercise, many people automatically think of the gym and all the negative thoughts that come with it. When starting out, if the thought of the gym sends shivers down your spine, then start building up your confidence and fitness in the comfort of your own home. There are many great workout DVDs and videos online that can help you get started and you can find one that is perfect for you. You may find that you will be much more likely to work out if you only have to go into the living room to do it.
When it comes to intimidating situations, facing them with a friend can make them much less daunting. Whether you’re going to the gym, fitness class or just out for a run, going with a friend can make exercise so much more fun. You may even learn a thing or two from a friend and you can support and motivate each other along the way.
There’s no better way to make all your gym and fitness insecurities melt away than to choose an exercise or sport that you are truly passionate about. If you are fully immersed in an activity you enjoy, you will not even think about what others are thinking and you’ll notice your health and fitness improve rapidly as a result. You’ll also find that you will be more likely to stick at exercising if you enjoy what you are doing and are noticing improvements.
Once you’ve overcome the first steps and started to exercise more frequently, you’ll notice your confidence improve massively. You’ll start to notice improvements to not only your physical appearance but you will also see a huge improvement in your fitness and strength ability. Getting active is all about overcoming the barriers that are stopping you from getting healthier and finding the motivation to stick at it.
If you feel that you lack the confidence to get started on becoming more active, have a chat with one of the LiveWell Dorset advisors, and we’ll be able to provide you with support and guidance to help you get going.