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Exercising with friends or coworkers is one way to motivate yourself to work out.

Overcome barriers to fitness

Sticking to a regular exercise schedule isn't easy. After all, there are plenty of potential hindrances  time, boredom, injuries, self-confidence.

Darcy Reber, nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, shares practical strategies for overcoming common barriers to fitness.

"I don't have enough time to exercise."

Setting aside time to exercise can be a challenge. Use a little creativity to get the most out of your time. Squeeze in exercise throughout the day. If you don't have time for a full workout, don't sweat it. Shorter spurts of exercise, such as 10 minutes of walking spaced throughout the day, offer benefits too. Additionally, you can try office exercises.

Get up earlier. If your days are packed and the evening hours are just as hectic, get up 30 minutes earlier twice a week to exercise. Once you've adjusted to early-morning workouts, add another day or two to the routine.

Drive less, walk more. Park in the back row of the lot or a few blocks away and walk to your destination.

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