Avoid Excuses

BARRIERS TO PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Unfortunately many barriers prevent us from becoming and staying physically active.

  • Not enough time
  • No close and convenient exercise facility
  • Facility/home equipment too expensive
  • Uncomfortable in an exercise setting
  • Too tired at the end of the day
  • Too stressed out at the end of the day
  • Fear of injury
  • Fear for safety

We all face many barriers in our lives everyday. We may think that these barriers will forever keep us from our goals, but given a little time, a little thought, and some creativity, you can overcome them!

The following exercise below is meant to help you overcome your personal barriers.

The first step to overcoming your barriers is to make a list of your personal benefits of and personal barriers to physical activity. Use the spaces below to list your benefits and barriers.

MAKE A LIST OF YOUR OWN PERSONAL BENEFITS TO PHYSICAL ACTIVITY:

Knowing your personal benefits can help keep you motivated for physical activity despite the existence of barriers. Feel free to refer to the Benefits of Being Active page for reference.

MAKE A LIST OF YOUR OWN PERSONAL BARRIERS TO PHYSICAL ACTIVITY:

Knowing your personal barriers to physical activity can help you develop strategies to overcome each barrier.

Next step

The Strategies For Action page contains examples of barriers and strategies, or cues to action, you can use to bust your barriers and get active.

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