Eating for Life

March 24, 2004

Fitness obstacles for adults

On the face of it, a veggie pizza seems like a healthy choice. That is until you’ve wolfed down an overly cheesy pie the size of the moon.

Not enough time

  • Get up earlier and exercise before your shower.
  • Use your lunch break for a walking session.
  • Ride a stationary bike or use a treadmill while reading or watching your favorite TV show.
  • Write exercise sessions in your appointment book and treat them as you would any important work meeting.

Trouble getting motivated

  • Recruit a family member or friend and "motivate" each other.
  • Read fitness magazines and books with inspirational stories.
  • Set small goals and reward yourself when you reach them.

Not sure how to get started

  • Amp up your everyday activities - such as walking the dog - in terms of intensity, duration and frequency and begin a walking program most days of the week.
  • Go to health fairs and clinics and call nearby fitness centers to gauge your interest in the activities offered.
  • Hire a fitness trainer for one or several sessions. Expect to pay $35 an hour.

Sometimes feel bored

  • Consider whether you've picked the right activities for you. Try something new or more challenging. Don't be afraid to quit one type of exercise and replace it with another.
  • Many people cycle through a variety of activities over the years.
  • Change the scenery. Find a new walking path or sign up at a different fitness center.
  • Turn your activity into more of a social occasion by enlisting friends to join in.
  • Or try the opposite. Make your exercise time meditative, paying close attention to your breath and fully concentrating on every movement.

Sources: President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; Interviews with fitness professionals

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