Physical, Psychological, Social And Environmental Barriers

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Fitness is a billion dollar industry yet obesity is a growing problem in our country. One of the main reasons for this is that people are leading more sedentary lifestyles. The long term benefits of overcoming non-adherence to exercise through behavioral changes is improved overall health, but there are barriers to achieving this goal. The different types of barriers are physical, psychological, social and environmental. Which type of barrier has the biggest impact on adhering to a long term exercise program? It is important to understand the barriers that stand in the way of leading an active lifestyle in order to develop strategies to help people reach their wellness goals. Psychological barriers are comprised of many different aspects that can inadvertently overlap all reasons for exercise adherence. Therefore, psychological barriers have more bearing on adherence to long term exercise than physical and environmental barriers. Exercise Adherence Research shows that a lack of self confidence in ability to perform a particular exercise or workout can be a major deterrent in starting any type of fitness program. This sense of self-efficacy is a psychological barrier that affects the ability to self-motivate. The fear of ridicule at an inability to execute the workout properly has a negative effect on self-worth and self-esteem. A feeling of not being able to follow through with a long term program is also a result of low self-efficacy. Having a fear of not being able
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