Emotional barriers may be to blame for lack of motivation to work out

Exercise is an important part of losing weight and finding the motivation to exercise can be difficult.

Health coordinators at Mayo Health Systems say there may be emotional barriers that are holding you back. These emotional barriers include things such as fear of failure, commitment to exercising, or not meeting goals.

Health promoters at Mayo Clinic Health System said in many cases, people expect too much from themselves.

“We sometimes get stuck in the all-or-nothing approach and we really sabotage ourselves by expecting too much, especially when it comes to being active. So some of those goals we just need to be a little easier on ourselves,” said Anne Meyer, Health Promotion Coordinator for the Mayo Clinic.

Officials recommend setting realistic goals and giving yourself a timeline to accomplish them.