This is a question I’m genuinely interested in hearing what’s stopping you from exercising…..? As someone who LOVES exercise for the physical, mental, health and social benefits exercise and movement brings I’m really keen to understand what it is that makes people not move or exercise….

Having been in the fitness industry for the past 10 years as a Personal Trainer, Triathlon Coach and Event Organiser I have worked with hundreds of people from all walks of life. But there are still hundreds/thousands/millions of people out there who don’t exercise at all – and I want to know why….

There is SO much evidence and stories out there about the benefits of exercise. Equally, there are lots of “reasons” why people can’t and don’t exercise….but are they genuine reasons or just “excuses”?. These are some of the common reasons I’ve heard:

  • I don’t have time
  • I don’t enjoy it
  • I have a bad back/knee/arm
  • I can’t afford to join a gym

I’m a strong believer, that all of the above really can be beaten and whatever your physical condition there is some exercise that you can do.

Walking is the most accessible form of exercise and the benefits of being outside also enhance this hugely accessible form of exercise.

How about trying to go for a walk during your lunch break, having a meeting and walking at the same time or walking to work?

Even when I was slightly crocked after foot surgery I found a way to go for a “walk” – the fresh air, being with others and getting my body moving (mainly my upper body when I was self-propelling myself in the wheelchair) was a HUGE boost to my mental and physical wellbeing.

You don’t know until you try…..try moving for fun and see how you feel…. I can 99% guarantee you will feel better……


About the author Ellie Barnes

Ellie is widely qualified and experienced within the fitness industry and she also competes at a high level so she knows at first-hand what it’s like to set demanding goals and achieve them.

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