Now I know that I’m not on my own when after a busy day the last thing you want to do is to start working on that new fitness challenge that you have set yourself. Sometimes I feel far too tired to workout and opt for a rest day instead. I do recommend resting and not working out if you are just too exhausted, but on some occasions I know that I’m just being bone idle and need to get my butt in gear.
Matalan surveyed a proportion of the UK population to identify the top 5 exercise barriers which stop them from getting active. Subsequently, they created an infographic (below) that provides helpful solutions to try to get people out of their fitness slumps. According to UK Active, instead of exercising, 59% of the UK are spending more than 10 hours a week watching TV and 64% of adults spending more than 10 hours browsing the internet. I found the amount of time spent in front of the TV and on the internet shocking and I’m probably guilty on both accounts.
Here are the top 5 exercise barriers identified from the survey:
1. I don’t have time
2. I don’t find exercise fun
3. I can’t afford a gym membership
4. I don’t enjoy working out in public places
5. I’ve not got enough space at home
I love to exercise, but these days I do find it challenging to fit in a decent workout because life just seems to get in the way sometimes. It can be so hard to find the motivation to workout when you are tired or busy. At the moment, I’m constantly reminding myself not to feel guilty when I can’t exercise and it’s more about the quality of the workout rather than the quantity.
Do you use any of the excuses for not working out identified in the survey? How do you overcome your exercise barriers?
How many hours do you think you spend in front of the TV or surfing the internet?
*In collaboration with Matalan