Over the years I have found it is very easy to let obstacles get in the way of my fitness activities - especially if I look hard enough!
After looking at the scales after Christmas, I've decided with the C25k to remove as many as I can so I just get on and do it. I find once I actually start exercise I enjoy it, it's just the getting started and overcoming the temptation of food/beer/sleep after a day at work.
Here is my list of obstacle removers:
1. I find exercise in the morning is difficult as it takes a little while for the stiffness to go from my back (although the memory foam mattress and pillow have really helped), so I do early evening - as soon I finish or get back from work. I mentally block out the time before I allow the rest of the evening to start.I also decide in advance which days are going to be the exercise days and plan my day to accommodate as far as possible.
2. I use a running machine at home (which is maybe a tad indulgent), but this means the weather can't be an excuse and I don't have to overcome inertia to drive the gym, find somewhere to park, battle through the crowded changing rooms, wait for a machine etc
3. Being at least 3 st overweight, I find I get a problem with localised chaffing (for some reason I have to say that in a Yorkshire accent) at the top of my legs. Although I joke about it, I do find it really painful if I let it go on too long and it stops me exercising. So I invested in two things - a couple of pairs of Lycra shorts (budgie smugglers with longer legs) and a tube of some anti-chaffing gunk. That has pretty much sorted the problem and I have to look for another obstacle instead.
4. My feet quite often get hot when I run, so I bought a couple of pairs of 'technical' running socks. These have been great, feet no longer a problem.
5. If my back/neck/knees are still feeling a bit stiff before the run, I take a couple of ibuprofen 30 mins before I start, that seems to sort that bit out.
6. iPod already sitting on the running machine, ear buds at the ready. This almost caught me out on the last run as my wife hid it in the little hidey hole on the machine foe safe keeping. I turned the house upside to try and find it and eventually had to use my kindle instead (which took about 30 mins to sort out, but that's another story).
7. After each run, I do the stretches recommended - I am sure this has helped stiffness of the legs etc get in the way of the next run.
Anyway, so far so good, have managed 4 sessions on the trot (pardon the pun) and am looking forward to the run tonight!
Antone else got any top tips/stories of how you remove your obstacles?