Gyms and Fitness Clubs

Should I Be Reading This Book? - Introduction


If you are a living, breathing human being you've undoubtedly had to overcome some adversity in your life. Am I right? What type of adversity was it? Maybe you lost your job or were in an accident where you had a lengthy rehabilitation process filled with setbacks. For some, moving up the corporate ladder presented obstacles that were difficult to overcome. Still others are trying to escape financial difficulties. Whatever situations you face, I'm sure they can be overwhelming at times.

Rest assured your labor is not in vain. Look at it as Booker T. Washington did when he said, "Success is not measured by the position one has reached in life, rather by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed."

When it comes to starting and sticking with exercise, the obstacles can be many. As an exercise physiologist and personal trainer, I've worked in the fitness industry for over 14 years. I've learned, heard, and read about almost every obstacle known to man when it comes to exercise. It's these barriers that keep people from being physically active. Understanding which barriers you face and learning strategies to overcome them are the keys to making exercise a part of your life. And that's what it is all about...making exercise a part of your life.

This is not an easy task. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report in May 2003 showing that only one in five American adults engage in a high level of physical activity, and 25% of American adults engage in little or no regular physical activity.