8 ways to overcome through the barriers that keep us away from physical activity

There is a broad consensus about the benefits of performing physical activity as an essential part of our daily routine. This type of habit is especially important when you have a chronic disease, and diabetes is in the first line of these types of conditions. 

Why, despite the fact that almost everyone knows this reality, many times we meet people who fail to comply with this subject of health?

Nothing happens because of it and this is not an exception: we can identify a series of "reasons" for not performing exercises, barriers that prevent the realization of these practices.

How  to overcome through the barriers that keep us away from physical activity




List of barriers and Solutions 


The reasons and obstacles can be multiple and sometimes associated or complemented. 
Let's analyze some of them and what could be the attitude that helps overcome them.

  • I do not have time to exercise 30 minutes a day. 

    Do what you can do. Every act that involves movement counts in favour. 
    For example, start with 10 minutes per day and incorporate more time, as your interest and motivation find a temporary space to do so. Another alternative: exercise 10 minutes at a time, 3 times a day.
  • I feel very tired after working. 

    Try to organize some physical activity you can do before going to work or in some interval, in the middle of the workday.
  • I do not have the right attire for physical activity. 

    You do not need to have "the" equipment. It is enough with comfortable clothes. Pay special attention to footwear, which should be comfortable (no trademarks, colours or materials) and a good pair of socks that do not irritate the skin.
  • I'm too shy to exercise in a group. 

    Opt for some activity you can do alone. For example, aerobic classes on TV or with the help of a video, or hiking (at safe times) in quiet places.
  • I am afraid that I will lose too much glucose. 

    Consult your doctor about the most convenient resources so that this does not happen. For example, consume a previous snack; take with you some sweet element in case the activity is prolonged, etc.
  • It is too hot outside 

    In times of "hostile" weather (very hot or cold), walk in a shopping mall, visit museums or closed places, think of a gym in clubs or community centres, etc. The same happens if for security reasons fear to move through the streets or squares in your neighbourhood.
  • I get bored of always doing the same thing 

    Try to find out what kind of activity amuses you. Do not do the same thing every day. For example, you can walk some days, ride a bicycle, swim in others, etc.
  • When I go out to walk my knees "complain" 

    Try some activity that does not represent overload on that joint, for example, gymnastics (get advice with a teacher) or swimming.

As we see, there are multiple reasons or excuses for which we postpone an activity as healthy as the movement. We can also observe that for each of them there are solutions. Analyze your own problem and stop to think about a solution, which surely exists.

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