Tips for women to overcome barriers to exercise


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Suggestions include:

  • Lack of time – many women juggle child-rearing, household duties and paid work, and don't find time for themselves. Try to exercise whenever you have the chance. 30-minute sessions 2-3 times a week are enough to aid health and fitness.

  • Lack of motivation – some women say they don’t feel motivated without a training partner. Others think that, to be useful, exercise must be painful, sweaty and gruelling (which isn’t true). If you feel this way, find a training partner or, like our gyms, find somewhere you feel comfortable going to on your own and remember there is always an Instructor on hand.

  • Parenting demands – many women fulfil multiple care-giving responsibilities, for example for children and older relatives, and take responsibility for meal preparation and cleaning. Try to share child rearing and household chores with your partner or friends. Perhaps your family can help, or maybe paid childcare is an option. Ask friends if they are interested in swapping babysitting. Include physical activity in your caring, it’s important for young and old.

  • Lack of energy – fatigue is a by-product of a busy lifestyle. Mothers are often tired. Regular exercise gives you the energy to better cope with the demands of daily life. If you keep this in mind, it may help you push past the tiredness during your first few of weeks of regular exercise.

  • Health problems – older women are more likely to have a chronic health condition (for example, arthritis) that limits their participation in some forms of exercise. Talk to your doctor about appropriate forms of exercise. In most cases, physical limitations don’t rule out all activities. We offer personalised programs to suit all ages and abilities.

  • Lack of money – women on low incomes are less likely to exercise regularly. Exercise doesn’t require expensive clothes or a gym membership. We have affordable membership options for all plus you can wear what you want with in reason - no Lycra necessary, we just ask you to wear flat shoes.

  • Gender stereotyping – women who believe that child rearing and domestic chores are ‘women’s work’ are less likely to take time to exercise – perhaps because they feel guilty taking time out for themselves. If you feel this way, think about your beliefs around women’s roles.

  • Remember the most important way to look after others is to look after yourself first.

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