Third week of Health and Wellness Month focuses on physical activityposted by Brent Brown on July 14, 2020
Engaging in a physical activity routine is usually easier said than done.
To help get started and stay consistent with exercise, it’s good to first understand what barriers you may have so you can develop strategies to overcome them. Here are a few common barriers and possible strategies to overcome them:
- Lack of Energy – You may feel as though you have little energy to engage in more activity, but regular exercise actually increases your energy and reduces fatigue. Researchers at the University of Georgia found that inactive patients who complained of low energy could increase their energy levels by 20 percent while decreasing fatigue by more than 65 percent. So, this is more mind over matter. Do some self-talk and tell yourself “I have little energy, so I NEED to exercise.”
- Unsure of Where to Start – Start slow and build. Evaluate your current level of fitness and the resources you have available to you. Look for activities you already engage in daily and add to those. For example, take the elevator but get off two floors early and take the stairs the rest of the way. Contact your health care provider or schedule an appointment with a provider at the Government Center Clinic by OurHealth before starting any new fitness or exercise routine.
If you’re working on building your strength in preparation for regular exercise following an injury, surgery, or other lingering ailments, you can meet with a physical therapist within the Government Center Clinic to help regain your physical strength.
- Frequent Travel – Look for hotels that have onsite exercise facilities. Walk around the airport (did you know some airports have walking maps?), hotel and/or a nearby mall. Take the stairs whenever possible. Pack a jump rope in your suitcase.
- Weather – Use exercise DVDs or YouTube and look for places to be active indoors. Malls and big stores are great to walk around in when the weather isn’t cooperating. Look at local gyms and ask about seasonal and family discounts.
- Family – Make exercise part of your family time—run, play games, ride bikes, even go to the gym together. Make movement part of family time—watching TV with the family? Have everyone move during commercial breaks.
- Lack of Motivation – Invite a friend to exercise with you or join a class or group, and always schedule physical activity on your calendar. Find activities you enjoy so that you can look forward to them. This will help you maintain your active lifestyle long term.
You can start by joining a team for the State of Indiana July steps challenge from July 13 to 26 for the chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.
- Log into the OurHealth portal at member.ourhealth.org, click Wellness Challenge Program and follow the steps to join the July Wellness Challenge.