Being active is something that is important for a healthy heart, but there can be barriers to staying fit that trip us up when we try to have a healthy lifestyle. Many people find that a lack of time, energy or motivation is a barrier to getting (and staying) physically fit.
The argument that a person can’t stay active because of a lack of time doesn’t really hold water. Many people spend two hours or more each day in front of their television or computer screens when they are not at work or at school.
To get fit, a person only needs to spend between 30-60 minutes on some type of activity that will get their heart rate elevated several times per week. The physical activity doesn’t have to be performed in one session; it can be divided up into smaller chunks throughout the day.
With today’s busy schedules, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at times. Trying to cram too much into a day can leave an individual feeling tired a lot of the time. Ironically, the remedy for not having any energy is to be more active.
Getting started is the hardest part. It can be difficult to go for a walk after work instead of collapsing on the couch instead. Finding activities the whole family can enjoy is a great way to encourage everyone to stay fit, and to spend some time together. It’s easier to stay fit when other family members are interested in doing something together.
Finding other people to exercise with is a great way to get and stay motivated to continue the physical fitness program. Being active doesn’t have to involve going to a gym if that isn’t something that will be enjoyable. There are many kinds of physical activities that can help someone get fit, and it may be worthwhile to change them up to avoid becoming bored.
Depending on the time of year, a person could go for a walk or a hike, swim, go cycling or do some gardening. Dancing is an enjoyable activity as well. Baseball, soccer or volleyball are other good choices, and they have a social aspect as well.
As long as the activity chosen helps the participants to increase their heart rate, it can help them to improve their level of physical fitness.