One in five women over 50 say body embarrassment stops them from exercising.
7 January 2020| Last updated on 8 January 2020
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While many people are hoping to get fit as part of a New Year resolution, tackling flabby and unfit bodies through exercise isn’t as easy as it sounds.
One in five women over 50 say embarrassment about their bodies stops them from exercising, according to a new survey by social networking site for grandparents, Gransnet, while nearly half (46%) say physical hindrances, including disabilities, mean they can’t exercise.
Fitness experts are well aware of these and many other barriers to exercise.
Steven Virtue, of Total Fitness health clubs, says, “There are a lot of different barriers which can stand in the way of someone meeting their fitness goals. Sometimes it can be real-life or physical barriers, such as time constraints or disability, making exercise more challenging which often results in someone choosing not to train at all."
“Other common barriers can be psychological, such as worrying about body image or lacking motivation, all of which can affect our abilities to be more physically active. However, these fitness barriers don’t need to affect you, as most, if not all, can be easily overcome," he added.
“Having a positive attitude and telling yourself you can do it is the first step towards your goals. Working out with friends or in an exercise class is another great way to stay motivated and feel empowered in a friendly environment, or try learning the ropes with a personal trainer who can encourage you and push you at the same time.”
Here are some of the most common reasons people either don’t start exercising or give it up quickly and how to overcome them.