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8 Common Workout Blocks and 8 Great Ways to Beat Them

There a lot of reasons you get the workout blues. Boredom, defeatism, depression or just good old-fashioned sloth. Bottom line is, you have found yourself at a hurdle that you can’t seem to get over without someone behind you with a cattle prod.

So consider this your cattle prod. Here are some of those barriers to fitness and wellness, and how you can overcome them.


There never quite seems to be enough of it. It is probably the biggest stumbling block to exercise. You can’t make time, but you can set some aside.

What to do?

Try putting your workout schedule (and yes, you should absolutely have one!) on a digital calendar. With a reminder. Maybe even two. Once a commitment is written down, it’s harder to ignore.

Shorten those health and wellness appointments you have pencilled in. If an hour is too big of a commitment, then chop it into two half-hour sessions. One in the morning, and one in the afternoon. And remember, “I’m not a morning person” constitutes another excuse.

Maximize that time spent exercising. Don’t waste minutes socializing or ambling around the gym. Try complementary or compound exercises and get numerous muscle groups involved (like push ups and/or pull ups).


Coming back from injury will either make you chomp at the bit or have you chomping on all those calories you managed to avoid when you were working out.

What to do?

Depending on the severity of the injury and where it is, you can talk to your healthcare provider to find exercises that won’t exacerbate the injury. If it is an upper-body exercise, consider lower-body supplemental exercises that keep the calories at bay while keeping energy levels up and depression away.

Take it slow. Your mind is more than likely willing, but don’t let it talk your recovering body into more than it can handle.


Lack of progress. This can be a motivation killer. You haven’t seen the six pack yet, and the scale isn’t as kind as you thought it would be after pedalling for 250 miles.

What to do?

Ask yourself what you realistically should be able to expect. Don’t set the bar beyond reach. Small, attainable goals keep the fitness fires lit. Inch by inch, it’s a cinch. There’s also the elephant eating analogy. Keep your goals bite-sized.

Seek professional help. Think personal trainers, not psychiatrist (even if you think getting up at 6:30 a.m. in January to go running is crazy). They can help to motivate you, as well as provide the expertise to break through plateaus or get to the next level.

Bring a buddy. Or make one. Misery may love company, but company can pick you up when you’re feeling down or are tempted to hang it up. And a little competition will keep your exercise engine ticking.


What you put in is what you get out. And if you don’t get the right amount of sleep you won’t feel like putting much in.

What to do?

Turn off the iPad/iPhone/iDevice and catch up on your favorite show on Saturday. Make time to sleep and stock back up on those much-needed hours of recovery your body needs to regenerate and re-energize. Between 6-8 hours is a good recommended amount.


This is similar to sleep. If you aren’t getting the right type of fuel, the machine will start to break down. And if what you are putting in gums up the works, no matter what you do, you won’t get peak performance out of it.

What to do?

There are terrabytes (excuse the pun) of pages dedicated to the subject of how to fuel and refuel effectively while you are exercising. Find a method that you feel may work for you and your personal tastes. Commit to it, too. Keep a log so that you can stay on track. Veering off track every now and again (once every seven or eight meals) isn’t a bad thing. But limit your off-meu meals.


There are a few reasons that exercising in a fitness facility is not everyone’s cup of tea. Maybe you have history with a particular gym. It could be the expense. It could be that you watched a lot of 80s movies.

What to do?

If the hold up is a bad experience at a gym in your past, find another place to work out. Fitness facilities come in all shapes and sizes to fit all shapes and sizes. Don’t let one particular gym (or the idea of what you think it is) be the hurdle.

Shop around. Find a facility that suits your personality, budget and world view. Visit it and see if it works for you. If you are comfortable there, you are more likely to go to it. You are also more likely to commit to exercising regularly if you have a place to do it.


You might not be a fitness natural or have logged the same amount of time on fitness equipment as some, so understandably you might be a little self conscious. Don’t let that scare you off though.

What to do?

Everybody started somewhere. So why not try starting during off-peak hours? There are ordinarily fewer people, so more of the equipment you’d like to use will be available, as well as less perceived judgment while you’re at it.

Ask for a little help. It might not necessarily be a personal trainer that you ask. If you have friends or colleagues that are regulars at a gym or fitness facility, pick their brains. You might even find that they will join you to lend a hand instead of just scribbling down their routines.

At enerG wellness, we take our commitment to providing service above and beyond simply building gyms. We don’t see hurdles to designing, equipping and maintaining facilities—we see opportunities to create unique fitness spaces using our expertise, and leverage relationships with the fitness industry’s leading equipment brands to grow our clients’ ROI.

Contact one of our experts to see how we can help you make your fitness-facility dream a reality


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