Overcoming Obstacles to Physical Activity

Given the health advantages of regular physical exercise, one may wonder why two out of every three Americans (60%) do not engage in recommended levels of activity.

Many technological advancements and comforts that have made our lives simpler and less active, as well as a variety of personal characteristics such as physiological, behavioural, and psychological aspects, may influence our intentions to become more physically active. In reality, (Sallis and Hovell, 1990; Sallis et al., 1992) the following are the top ten reasons people give for not adopting more physically active lifestyles:

Are you unable to exercise due to a lack of time?

Exercise is inconvenient for you.

Self-discipline is lacking, and exercise is not pleasant.

Do you find exercising to be tedious?

They are unsure about their capacity to engage in physical activity (low self-efficacy)

Fear of being hurt or having just been hurt Lack of self-management skills, such as the capacity to establish personal objectives, track progress, and reward progress toward those goals

Family and friends do not provide inspiration, support, or company, and

Parks, sidewalks, cycling trails, and safe and attractive walking routes are not readily available near their homes or workplaces.