We have all heard the statistics. We're not moving as much as we
should be and this is contributing to the rise in chronic
conditions such as type 2 diabetes.
But what's going wrong? What's stopping us from getting up and
moving? We know some common barriers include:
- Lack of
- Fear of
knowing what exercise to do
- Lack of
While all these factors play an important role in getting us
moving, it ultimately comes down to one thing; our motivation to
make a change.
So while you may not be able to control the weather, you can
make positive and practical changes to help increase your
motivation. The million dollar question is - how?
Accredited Exercise Physiologist Kathryn Kirchner suggests to
'focus on the reasons why exercise will benefit you and remind
yourself of these things daily. Get some help from an exercise
physiologist to help you problem solve around your barriers or
education around the right exercises if you have an injury, or are
just starting to get back into your exercise.'
'The next best thing you can do is encourage a friend or
colleague to join you. Studies have shown one of the ways to
enhance participation in exercise programs (or physical activity in
general) are exercise buddies'. 'They make all the difference!'
Kathryn says. This is especially useful for women, who are less
likely to begin or stick to an exercise program when compared to
'Women are more likely to stick with exercise if they are part
of a small group guided by a trainer. They are motivated by the
social connections they make with their peers but also the
relationship they build with the trainer'.
An exercise buddy can be worth their weight in gold! So
the next time you are flying solo, think about buddying up with
your BFF or a friend who makes you smile. We guarantee it
will help boost your motivation and make the exercise more fun!
Here's the science. Read more on exercise studies and motivation
by following the links below.