Common Barriers to Starting an Exercise Program

Updated: Mar 26

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The benefits of exercise on our physical and mental health are commonly shared by several sources. Surprisingly, recent figures show that there are 1.2 million more inactive adults now taking part in less than an average of 30 minutes of exercise each week than there were previously reported. This takes the total number of inactive adults in England to 12.3 million (27.1% of the population).

There are a number of obstacles people face when looking to begin incorporating movement into their day. Many of the barriers that exist can be eliminated or minimised by working with an online coach or personal trainer.

4 common barriers to starting an exercise program:

1. Fear of injury

Some people have a fear of getting injured during a workout or are concerned about exacerbating existing conditions such as arthritis or tendinitis.

Working with an experienced coach means the trainer can help educate you on ways to exercise safely. A trainer can help to create a plan that takes in to account previous issues with an injury or other health concerns.

2. Fear of intolerance

Many people who are looking to start an exercise program worry that others may not understand their goals, their pain from previous illness or injury or how difficult it is to get to the gym due to time constraints or motivation. If an individual feels that their fitness levels are low, they can fear starting a program in worry that they won’t be able to complete the exercises or stick to the program. By working with an online coach, it means that you are in your own surroundings with someone dedicated to your progress and your plan. Previous injuries as well as your current fitness level are taken into account to ensure that the program is suitable and effective for you.

3. Discomfort in health clubs and commercial gyms

People commonly associate gyms and health clubs with heavy weightlifting and being full of very fit people. It is easy to be discouraged or intimidated by the imagery of fit and trim people, leaving feelings that it will be impossible to fit in to the setting. Working with an online coach means that you can exercise from the comfort of your own home. This removes any pressure to fit in to a gym setting and alleviates any stress about walking into an unknown environment.

4. Lack of time

With the ever-growing list of things to accomplish each day, finding time to exercise can be a challenge. Benefits of online training include having no driving time to get to the gym as well as being able to integrate exercise easily into your daily life and schedule. Online training offers flexibility in time and duration that aren’t always offered in a commercial setting.

Using an online personal trainer or coach removes many of the barriers that can otherwise deter people from starting an exercise program. Whether you need the structure of a plan, the accountability of a coach keeping you committed to your program or the assistance of a personal trainer working with you while you exercise, working with an online coach is a great option.

Contact Hutton Health to find out how I can help you to start regularly incorporating movement into your day!

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