Barriers to Being Active
For the last month, our Chiropractor, Dr. Ryan Albert, has been covering some common barriers that we all face to being active. We all say that we don’t want to end up in a state where we can hardly move around, however, do we actually follow through with our actions to prevent that from happening? Just as the saying goes, “It’s easier said than done!”. But let’s change that!
Starting off with time, the most common barrier for each and every one of us.
We all encounter the feeling of scrambling for time and the impossibility of being able to rearrange our schedule. However, as Dr. Ryan Albert has said, “When someone tells you, 'I don't have the time', it doesn't actually have anything to do with time itself. What it really means is they don't hold enough value to that thing/idea/task to justify creating the time for it.”. Come back to your values. Think about how want to live and feel for the future. With that being said, here are some tips that you can try:
- - Try waking up early a few times a week for a 30 minute routine at home, the gym or even at work.
- - See if you can fit something in during your lunch period at work.
- - Find weekly occurring classes available at your gym/around you to try something new and get into the habit of blocking that time off once a week.
- - Squeeze in short spurts of activity throughout the day. Go for walk, do a few flights of stairs, etc.
- - On the weekend, instead of choosing passive activities like the movies, find a more active outing like skating, archery tag, axe throwing, swimming, rock climbing, etc
Moving on to the enjoyment factor of exercising!
Exercising can become tedious and monotonous, even a chore. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
- Find an activity that you enjoy and try to replicate it or do something similar.
- - Switch things up. Make a schedule to do different things in the week so that you don’t end up only lifting weights or only on the treadmill 4 times a week.
- - Find a friend (or friends!) with similar goals as you. Preferably someone a bit more advanced than you, if you’re starting out, to show you the ropes. Training with others creates great accountability, especially while trying to get into the habit of training and exercising.
- - Try something new! Have you been wanting to learn a new skill? If you’re in Toronto or any big city, chances are someone somewhere is teaching it. You would be surprised at how welcoming most places are to newbies!
- - Exercising is going to become boring if you don’t create some specific, attainable and measurable goals for yourself. If it’s a weight goal, put it aside for now and create a new skill/functional goal like being able to do 100 squats in x time or completing your first pull-up.
You don’t have the energy because you aren’t active but you need energy to become active – we understand the struggle.
- - To start off, you can try to get in a quick workout in the morning
- - Or try to hit the gym at work during your lunch break.
Even a brisk 30 minute walk can be invigorating for the second half of the day! Overall, you must listen to your body. Take advantage of times in the day where YOU feel the most energetic. Remember come back to your values, your goals. Each time you get sweaty, you are reverse engineering that goal. This will give you that push to get over low energy days.
Last, I would be remiss not to mention what is arguably the most important part of your energy levels. Your FUEL. Take a look at what you are putting in your body. If you are fuelling yourself inadequately, your performance will definitely reflect that.
Now that we have touched upon the three major barriers to exercise – Time, Enjoyment and Energy Levels – We want to challenge you to make a change in your life, take into consideration these three barriers and how you’re going to plan on tackling them!
Check out Dr. Ryan’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dr.ryanalbert/ or his Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/dr.ryanalbert/ for even more great tips and information on how you can tackle the athleticism, affordability and safety barriers to exercise!
Alyssa Rivera, Bachelor of Science Candidate
Clinical Assistant, Toronto Health Centre
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