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Addressing Barriers to Physical Activity Module B: Lesson 4 Grade 11 Active, Healthy Lifestyles
Barriers to Physical Activity • Personal barriers – – – – – Insufficient time Inconvenience Lack of self-motivation Non-enjoyment Boredom Lack of confidence Fear of being injured or having been injured recently Lack of self-management skills Lack of encouragement, support, or companionship Non-availability of parks, sidewalks, bicycle trails or walking paths
Top Three Barriers Time Energy Motivation
Other Barriers • • • Cost Facilities Illness or injury Transportation Partner issues Skill Safety considerations Child care Uneasiness with change Unsuitable programs
Barriers to Physical Activity • Environmental barriers – – – – • Environment in which we live has a great influence on our level of physical activity. Accessibility of walking paths, cycling trails, and recreation facilities. Traffic Availability of public transportation Crime Pollution Social environment, such as support from family and friends Community spirit Changes environment? • campaigns to support active transportation, legislation for safer communities, and the creation of new recreation facilities
Barriers to Being Active Quiz Identify the types of physical activity barriers that are undermining your ability to make regular physical activity a part of your life Analyze the results and determine the key barriers to your physical activity participation Identify personal barriers that are not part of the quiz
Overcoming Barriers to Physical Activity Brainstorm realistic ways of overcoming barriers to physical activity
Overcoming Barriers to Physical Activity What strategies have worked best for you in overcoming your own barriers to become more physically active?
Suggestions for Overcoming Physical Activity Barriers Lack of skill • • Select activities requiring no new skills, such as walking, climbing stairs, or jogging. Exercise with friends who are at the same skill level as you are. Find a friend who is willing to teach you some new skills. Take a class to develop new skills. Lack of resources • • Select activities that require minimal facilities or equipment, such as walking, jogging, jumping rope, or calisthenics. Identify inexpensive, convenient resources available in your community (e. g. , community education programs, park and recreation programs, worksite programs).
Suggestions for Overcoming Physical Activity Barriers Weather conditions • • Develop a set of regular activities that are always available regardless of weather (e. g. , indoor cycling, aerobic dance, indoor swimming, calisthenics, stair climbing, rope skipping, mall walking, dancing, gymnasium games). Look on outdoor activities that depend on weather conditions (e. g. , crosscountry skiing, snowshoeing, skating, outdoor swimming, outdoor tennis) as “bonuses”—extra activities possible when weather and circumstances permit. Travel • • • Put a jump rope in your suitcase and jump rope. Walk the halls and climb the stairs in hotels. Stay in places with swimming pools or exercise facilities. Join the YMCA or YWCA (ask about reciprocal membership agreement). During gas station stops, take exercise breaks. Bring your favourite music that motivates you.
Suggestions for Overcoming Physical Activity Barriers Family involvement • • • Exercise with your brother or sister when babysitting (e. g. , go for a walk together, play tag or other running games, get an aerobic dance DVD for kids and exercise together). You can spend time together and still get your exercise. Find ways to be active around your home with others (e. g. , shoot hoops on the driveway, play tennis at a nearby tennis court, go for a bicycle ride with a friend, play with siblings, do household chores such as mowing the lawn). become more physically active?