I haven’t got time to go to the gym…Sound familiar?
That might be because a lack of time has been identified as the top excuse people give to working out.
The five biggest barriers to exercise are revealed in a new survey by Matalan – and they certainly ring a few bells with me.
Luckily, personal trainer Hollie Shillito is on hand to solve these problems in a few quick and easy steps.
1. I don’t have time
Hollie says: Include it in your day. Walk, run or cycle to work if you can and take the stairs rather than the escalator. You could even get off a stop earlier on the tube and walk the extra bit. When you take long calls, stand up instead of sitting.
Exercising is about priorities - how much do you want to rock your bikini, run that 10k or lose that belly fat? Get up an hour or even just half an hour earlier - many gyms open very early and most classes start from 6:30am. Mornings are getting lighter now so you can go for a walk or run before work.
Evidence shows exercise doesn't have to be done for long periods of time - bouts of ten minutes throughout the day all count toward the weekly 2.5 hour target. You can use high intensity interval training (HITT) or circuits to get hit the most muscles and get the biggest benefit.
2. I don’t find exercise fun
Hollie says: Find something you like! There is exercise to suit everyone. Challenge yourself to try something different every month. Classes are a great introduction to exercise, are loads of fun and come in all shapes and sizes e.g. cardio, strength training, dance, even pole dancing and gladiator classes! Or you could try a new activity or sport such as rock climbing, netball, tennis or five-a-side football.
3. I can’t afford a gym membership
Hollie says: You don’t have to work out in a gym, you can go outside, use your local park or go to local community centres to see if they are running any classes. Look into gyms with no contract. Gyms such as Pure Gym and private fitness companies such as 1Rebel, Barry’s Bootcamp or Project Fit allow you to buy a monthly membership or a block of sessions rather than tying you into a contract.
4. I don’t enjoy working out in public places
Hollie says: Use your home or garden - fitness DVDs are great for guidance. Use your local gym - classes are good if you feel embarrassed as you can hide at the back!
5. I’ve not got enough space at home
Hollie says: Go outside. See what classes are offered at your local park - there's everything from Nordic walking to buggy bootcamp to choose from. Buddy up with a friend who has a bigger house, go to a gym or local leisure centre.