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Just eat less and exercise more! If only it were that simple.

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 in Motivation & Goal Setting

‘Just eat well and exercise more!’ This seems to be standard response from lots of health professionals, the media, your slim friends and not so slim friends if you say you want to lose weight.

So what stops some overweight people exercising?  My clients and members of my gym who’ve recently lost over a stone or more, told me what stopped them in the past?

Body Confidence – overweight people often feel uncomfortable, embarrassed and frustrated in everyday clothes just going about their daily routine and going somewhere new can be a challenge at anytime.  Imagine their fear of stepping into a gym or new Zumba class, it is often a step too far.

Where do I start? – overwhelmed and inundated with information, many people who don’t exercise simply don’t know where to start and what to do for the easiest route into exercise.

Exercise hurts! – Many of my clients are already suffering some pain because of their extra weight so the thought of more pain doing exercise is an instant barrier.

Low return – It takes a lot of very hard work over a period of weeks if not months to see a change in weight or body shape just by exercising if you are overweight.  Motivation can soon dwindle if results aren’t quick.

The Media – Pictures of young, slim, fit, beautiful people and words like, Body Attack, crunches, pumping and high impact create images of a place where the overweight just won’t feel at home or fit in.

And finally, those mirrors! – One lady said on her first adventure into a class she was confronted with the, not so positive refection of herself stood beside a slim gym junkie, which did nothing for her confidence or motivation to return.

 

So next time you are thinking of saying you just need to eat less and exercise more to your friend, stop and think!  

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