Uncovering the 5 Biggest Exercise Myths Preventing You from Staying Active

As a certified personal Trainer whose primary focus is special populations and senior health, I’m always sympathetic when asked to train people terrified of exercise.

Exercise Phobia

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I’m sure there is some kind of phobia name associated with the condition, but I have found that most of these people are afraid of a combination of factors and preconceived notions about the word “exercise.” 

Here are five misconceptions keeping you from an active lifestyle. 

Too Old To Work Out

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Our society glorifies youth and top-performing athletes who compete at unimaginable levels of fitness. People outside that age range think it’s too late for them to start. 

Thinking It’s Natural Talent

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Some assume these master athletes are born with innate abilities they’ll never have. The public is rarely privy to the immense training, exhaustion, and work ethic it takes to compete at professional levels.

You Must Be Healthy To Exercise 

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Society views these athletes with awe and wonder while creating a subliminal suggestion in our minds that we need to be athletes or, at minimum, in good enough shape to exercise.  

Self-Defeating Paradox

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The combination of glorifying youth and athlete worship creates a self-defeating paradox to getting healthy.

It becomes a massive hurdle when convincing people to start an exercise program, especially those with underlying health conditions.

Thinking Excersize = Pain

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Folks suffering from arthritis, chronic disease, injury, obesity, or the natural effects of aging associate exercise with pain and form a mental block that genuinely frightens them. 

It Won’t Make a Difference

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Some go in with a defeatist attitude, thinking the little they can do isn’t enough to make a difference. 

Any Exercise is Good Medicine

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The saddest part about this phobia is that exercise is the medication they need to improve their lives.  Even The American College of Sports Medicine recognizes that exercise is medicine.

Overcome the Fear

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For a healthy life, let go of these misconceptions and get moving! Even the smallest steps will help. 

The Secret To Overcoming Excercise Fears

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Ready to overcome your fear and get moving? Here are the 5 secrets to staying active!

Add Your Workout To Your Morning Routine

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Start your day off right! Here are 23 Morning Routine Ideas to Implement for a Great Start To Your Day

From Physical Health to Mental Health: How Journaling Can Help

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Increase your health and wellness with a simple, low-cost tool: Journaling. But don’t take our word for it. 

Mental health experts speak out about all the benefits journaling offers

Time Flies – Savor Every Moment

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They often say time flies, and that’s true. We’re often so busy we don’t even notice the days and years slip away. 

Yes Time Flies – But Here’s How To Savor Every Moment

More Ways To Improve Your Life

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If you’re not ready for the hard work, take smaller steps that will help you improve your life starting today. 

Find out more: How To Improve Your Life Right Now