5 Challenges to Maintaining Regular Exercise Regimen

Jun 19, 2017
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Do you have a hard time maintaining a regular exercise schedule? Most people do. If staying motivated to hit the gym was easy, there wouldn’t be so many people giving up on their fitness resolutions in mid-February, and gyms would stay packed year round. You might see very fit people and wonder how they do it. Is it willpower? Innate athleticism? Of course, it varies. The journey to physical fitness is different for everyone, and you might be surprised to learn that the people you envy had a tough road to get where they are. Staying on track can be a challenge, but these 5 barriers to regular exercise CAN be overcome. Let’s take a look.

Lack of Time

We all have busy schedules, but if you’re juggling a million responsibilities at once, you actually can’t afford not to exercise. Regular exercise will increase your energy levels, lower stress, and improve your focus. You’ll be more productive because you’ll be in a better mood—giving you more time to exercise! The key is choosing a time that works for you—a time you’ll be able to stick to. For some, that means early in the morning, before work. For others, getting up early is a form of torture, and a workout immediately after work may be better.


It’s not uncommon for people to be scared of exercise when they’re out of shape. They’re often worried they will look foolish at the gym, be chronically exhausted or sore, or worry that excess weight will take a long time to shed. These fears can be difficult to conquer, but with the proper approach, it is possible. Start slow, make a plan, and stick to it. Exercise during off hours if you feel self-conscious at the gym. Always remember that fitness is a lifelong journey, and amazing benefits can come with dedication.

Not Knowing Where to Start

The good news? You actually shouldn’t start off with super intense workouts—you’ll risk burnout, or worse, injury. If you’re very out of shape, you can start by making small substitutions. Can you walk/push to some places instead of driving? Squeeze in an ab workout before work? There are so many online resources and apps to help get you started slowly. If you need a push or a demonstration, purchasing a few sessions with a personal trainer can be a huge help!

You Hate Exercise

If the idea of running 5 miles makes you wrinkle your nose, don’t worry. There are plenty of non-traditional exercise options that can be a lot of fun! Why not give yoga, Pilates, or a dance class a try? Basketball, racquetball, spin classes, swimming…the possibilities are endless. What’s important is getting moving, and you may have to try a few activities before you find one you like that will be sustainable for you. That might even mean adding variety—a good idea anyway.

Injuries or Pain

Safety is key in any exercise program. If you’re experiencing pain or injury, talk to your doctor or physical therapist before proceeding. They may have you go through physical therapy or other treatment, or they may just recommend a different activity or approach. You don’t want to mess around when it comes to injuries—it’s easy to make them worse or even permanent.

Overcoming Challenges

When you’re considering starting a fitness journey, these obstacles can sometimes seem insurmountable. The good news? With a little creativity and determination, there are solutions to all these problems—and those solutions might be simpler than you think.

Author: Sarah Daren

  • bobl07

    It is interesting on how you can be your own barrier to having a healthy active life.