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3 Tips to Help You Overcome Obstacles to Exercising More

Updated: Mar 4, 2022

cognitive psychology, social psychology, sport psychology

In today’s episode of The Psychology World Podcast, we’re looking at the social psychology and cognitive psychology topic of 3 Tips to Help You Start Exercising.

This episode has been sponsored by Biological Psychology 2nd Edition.

Since it is December 2020 and this year (that feels likes a decade) is almost over. You might be starting to think about your new year’s resolutions of what you want to achieve in 2021.

Soon I’ll be doing my personal and business plans for 2021 for my various brands, but I know a lot of people want to start exercising more as part of their resolutions.

And I want to help you.

Therefore, here are 3 tips to help you start exercising more in 2021.

Problem Solve:

This is where we tip into cognitive psychology here, there is always a reason holding us back from exercising, and one of the best ways to combat this is to solve the problem.

If you’re problem is you don’t have enough time to yourself to exercise at home, and your family life is too busy to go to the gym.

Then you might want to try making a Do Not Disturb Me Sign and put it on your door and join an online class.

Or you could try stepping on the spot when you have a free minute or two.

Of course, it’s ‘just’ a minute or two, but over the course of a day you might end up doing an extra 20-30 minutes of exercise.

It doesn’t have to be done in a solid block of time.

Keep it Interesting:

Let’s face it- exercise can be boring.

Especially, if you keep doing the same thing everyday.

Hence, why when I’m on the mini bike in my bedroom. I tend to watch YouTube or an online course to keep it interesting.

Yes, I know that’s weird!

However, the pandemic has meant there’s more opportunity for excerising than before.

Since, before the pandemic you only really had gyms, your home or outdoors.

Although, now we have a lot more online gym classes that we can do from home, you can do virtual personal trainer sessions and lots more.

Therefore, whenever you do exercise try and keep it interesting!

SMART Goals:

This point links to another min-tip about exercise doesn’t need to be a grand 30 minute run and/or 30 minutes of hard sweating cardio.

If that’s what you want go for it!

But if you do that from the start, you will probably not be able to it do, get annoyed at yourself and quite.

Instead, work yourself up to that workout and you can do this by setting yourself Specific,

Measurable, Achievable, Realistic Timed Goals.

When you’re starting out, your goal can be as simple as: I want to do 5 minutes of exercise a day for two weeks.

Afterwards, you can advance your goal to: I want to do ten minutes of exercise a day for three weeks.

And so…


At the end of the day, exercise is about raising your heart rate and having fun, and exercise has a lot of great psychological benefits for you.

So, please have fun and exercise.

I hope this episode has been useful.

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