We’ve got (less than) 99 problems and being active ain’t one.
Being healthy and active isn’t always easy, but it isn’t our fault.
Take food, for example. Humans have a survival mechanism that makes our taste buds genetically predisposed to crave foods that are higher in fat and calories. This can make healthy habits hard to form, but it isn’t impossible. Small and gradual changes can eventually become habits—whether it’s increasing our jogging distance by a little bit every week to slowly substituting fruits for sugary sweets.
Maintaining a balanced and active lifestyle has rewards that extend beyond health and longevity. We become more confident, more energized, and more self-aware, in addition to many other things. We are all striving to maintain a healthy lifestyle for different reasons. Remember those reasons, and push through these #healthypersonproblems!
Getting a leg cramp during the last mile of your run
To ease yourself through a cramp, stretch your muscles very gently. Hold the stretch and relax, building up the amount of time you remain in the stretch until your cramp passes. Remember to do active stretching before you run or do any vigorous form of exercise and cool down stretches after to help minimize cramping. Drink plenty of water and avoid salty food prior to a workout, as dehydration may lead to muscle spasms.
Being too sore to work out the next day
Dial it down to prevent further injury. Muscle fibres tear during exercise and take up to four days to become stronger.
When somebody at the gym takes the machine you want to use
Finding it hard to cinch a machine at the gym? Try getting up early: there will likely be less people up and at it in the morning. If the cardio machines at your gym are always occupied, take your run outside, weather permitting!
The average person has 2 million sweat glands in their body—it’s normal! If sweat gets in your eyes, wear a headband to mop it up. For those who sweat heavily, invest in active-dry exercise clothing and remember to change your footwear and socks often. Interesting fact: people have also been known to use baby powder to absorb workout sweat.
Having to laundry ALL the clothes
Having to laundry your exercise clothes is unavoidable, but if you can afford to invest in a few extra pairs of shorts, shirts, and underwear, do it!
When your workout partner bails on you
Our buddies can certainly keep us motivated to exercise, but it can be tough to coordinate different schedules. Stay one step ahead to keep yourself pumped up. Try signing yourself up for an actual class or scheduling a workout in your calendar (like your PumpUp calendar!). Setting aside time for physical activity this way provides focus and enforces a greater sense of responsibility.
When your phone or iPod battery dies in the middle of a workout
Portable chargers are easy to come by. Keep one in your bag so that you’re never a moment without music if you need it to work out.
Do you have any #workoutproblems? Share them below!