Overcoming Obstacles

Getting regular exercise is sometimes easier and sometimes more difficult. When you’re motivated and in a groove, you look forward to your workouts and have no trouble fitting them in. But motivation isn’t always consistent and life has an uncanny knack for throwing wrenches in the works at unexpected times. When you’re up against obstacles, try these tips to help you overcome them.

Waning Motivation

If you find yourself losing steam, remember why you started exercising. Actually tell yourself that you did it to 〈fill in your fitness goal here〉, and that you’re on your way to realizing that goal when you stay on track. A dose of positive self-talk is often the antidote to low motivation.

Increased Stress

It seems like almost everyone has more stress today, but there are times when it spikes and threatens to plunge your routine into disarray. At those times exercise might be the last thing you want to do but there are few times when it’s more necessary. Exercise is a tremendous stress buster, so keep that in mind and go workout. Do a shorter workout if you need to, but don’t skip it – you’ll feel much better!

Unexpected Disruptions

We’ve all had those days when something unexpected pops up and steps all over carefully laid plans. That’s when resiliency and flexibility are your best assets. If you can’t do your full workout, or if you planned on strength training at the gym but have to substitute that with a walk at lunch time, don’t worry about it. Keep your expectations set on staying consistent and do whatever you can.

Sticking with an exercise plan isn’t easy but it’s well worth it, for all kinds of reasons. Give yourself credit when you overcome an obstacle. You’re your own best asset in this effort, so don’t be afraid to pump yourself up when you overcome challenges and stay true to your plan.

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Michael Bento is an Advanced Trainer at the Clubs at Charles River Park. He holds a Masters degree in Human Movement and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist.

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