Tone Up Tuesday – Overcome Your Obstacles to Fitness

by Rachel on February 28, 2012

in fitness, health

Many of us want to lose weight or get in better shape, but with our busy lives, it’s easy to come up with numerous excuses. I’m getting back into a good fitness routine and feeling pretty strong, but I’ve noticed that I still struggle on certain days of the week. The first step to overcoming your obstacles is to identify them!

For me, the days where I struggle to exercise is when I work. I’m a nurse and work 12.5 hour shifts, so my typical work week schedule is from Sunday night to Tuesday night, then off for the rest of the week. It’s that Sunday to Tuesday stretch, where I only have a very short amount of time to go home and sleep between shifts, where I have difficulty working out. If I go straight home to bed and try to get 8 hours of sleep, I only have about 45 minutes before I need to start getting ready to go back to work.

With this in mind, I try to plan my alternating running schedule so that I only have to run on one work day, and now on my running work day, I just wake up and head straight to the treadmill instead of trying to run outdoors.

I also tend to ‘hit the wall’ around 2 or 3 AM during my shift at work, which is when many of us turn to caffeine to help us get through the last 4 or 5 hours. Since I’m trying to avoid caffeine, I’ve resolved to kill 2 birds with one stone. If I’m not having a busy night, I can usually recruit another nurse to go walk the stairs with me – up and down 12 flights of stairs is a mini cardio workout and helps wake me up.

Maybe you can take a walk or go up and down the stairs on your lunch break at work too. For stay at home moms, it’s difficult to carve out alone time to exercise, so why not incorporate the kids? I’ve seen gently used jogging strollers at consignment stores and Play It Again Sports.

One of the biggest excuses I know I personally use is ‘simply not enough time in the day’. I have a few fitness DVDs in my arsenal which put that excuse to rest. Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred provides a great cardio and strength workout in only 20 minutes, and I have a number of Pilates and Abs DVD that are broken up into 10 minute segments. When I think about only having to spare 10 minutes, it seems much more doable.

What are your obstacles to fitting in your workouts? Can you identify any solutions?

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Tiffany Cruz February 28, 2012 at 8:27 am

Congrats on getting into a nice routine. I need to do the same. Working out and staying fit was my new year’s resolution but here it is almost March and I haven’t even stepping foot into our gym. My biggest obstacle is having a 6 month old and a 4 year old who only goes to school each day for about 3 hours. I try and come home and blog while she is in school. If I went to the gym I would miss out of time to blog. I’m gonna work on mine and see if I can’t fit in a few minutes for me each day. Keep up the good work.
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Nicole (Mama to 4 Blessings) February 28, 2012 at 8:42 am

that’s my excuse – i do not have time! Pathetic I know!


Kecia February 28, 2012 at 8:48 am

Time is my issue with working out as well. Being a WAHM, I’m with my son all day, and then I work in the evening when my husband is home. I SHOULD take 30 minutes of the evening to work out, but I always have something else to do it seems!
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Rachel Robertson (Azrael) February 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Personally I just don’t like working out and I really need to force myself to do it! Maybe I just haven’t found the right form of exercise to fit my personality…


Rachel March 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Yeah, finding an activity you actually enjoy is key! Maybe look for alternative ways of working out that don’t really feel like exercise, like the Zumba or Dance Wii games or team sports or something. I found I got a nice workout playing tennis but it didn’t really feel like exercise since I was competing and playing a game.


Rachel Robertson (Azrael) March 2, 2012 at 1:42 am

Funny…hubby and I have been talking about getting a Wii. Maybe I’ll win a giveaway and get us one ;)


Rachel March 2, 2012 at 7:22 am

They’re not as expensive as they used to be. We bought ours used for $150 I think, right before they lowered the price of brand new ones to about the same.
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Darcy February 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I hate running so I choose activities that don’t involve it. I will walk for miles though, dance and play video games. So I combine the last two and play dance central or other fitness games because I’m super motivated by achievements and levels :)
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melissa February 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I have trouble finding the time too. My new thing is to wake up early in the morning so I can get it done. I usually like to take a nice long walk. Clears my head and is good for me too!
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Rachel March 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm

That’s always the best, when you can get your workout in first thing in the morning. It gives me energy and then I know it’s out of the way.


Lynn February 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I think my problem is i enjoy mental breaks…where I don’t have to work or think about anyone. just enjoying tv or something.


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