• Bryan Morrow

11 Barriers to Physical Activity, and How to Overcome Them

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According to the Department of Health and Human Services' Facts & Statistics on physical activity, more than 80% of American adults do not get enough physical activity despite the proven benefits, such as a reduced risk of some cancers and chronic diseases, as well as improved bone health, cognitive function, weight control, and quality of life. As a result, half of adults — 117 million people — have one or more chronic diseases. The good news is that regular physical activity can help prevent and improve many chronic conditions.

Barriers to movement and physical activity can be small or large, real or perceived. Whatever barriers may be preventing you from enjoying the many important health benefits of physical activity, physical therapists will partner with you to create a safe and effective program to get you moving.

Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. Using the latest evidence, PTs design physical activity plans for people of all ages and abilities specific to your needs, challenges, and goals.

Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants work together and collaborate with other members of your health care team to maximize your movement and empower you to be an active participant in your care.

11 Barriers to Physical Activity, and How to Overcome Them

1. It's too late to start, I'm too old, or I've been physically inactive for a long time.

It's never too late to get moving. According to a recent JAMA Network Open study, adding physical activity at any age has benefits. In addition to an increased life span, adding the recommended amount of physical activity for your age and ability to your daily routine can help you manage stress, improve memory and brain function, avoid chronic disease, and much more.

2. It hurts when I …

Movement is crucial to a person's health, quality of life, and independence. For some people, pain makes movement a challenge. Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek health care. PTs can help you move better and safely manage your pain.