As fitness fanatics, we know that incorporating regular exercise into your life can have resounding benefits for your health, happiness, and wellbeing. Unfortunately, fitness isn’t always accessible to everyone and there are a variety of factors that can make it difficult for people to start and maintain a regular fitness routine and enjoy the many benefits of physical activity.
Benefits of Regular Exercise
Incorporating regular fitness into your life has a huge range of positive health benefits. From improving your mood and helping with mental health to increased circulation and lung capacity, exercise is a tool that can bring health and happiness into your life with regularity.
The many benefits of a regular fitness routine are the main reason why we believe fitness should be accessible to everyone. Exercise can be adapted to fit anyone’s physical abilities, schedule, and interests, but when access to fitness opportunities are limited, your ability to benefit from regular exercise is also limited. There are a number of ways that access to fitness is blocked depending on income, location, ability, and environment, but we’ll focus on two big limiting factors that need to be addressed so that fitness can be accessible to everyone.
One of the requirements of exercising is having a place to do so. This can be a limiting factor to living a healthy fitness lifestyle if you don’t have gyms, parks, trails, or space at home to work out. Even if spaces for exercising do exist nearby, if you have to travel or compete with other people for a space it’s hard to maintain a regular workout schedule. And we all know too well these days that it’s hard to do a home workout in your living room if your kids are trying to use the same space to play.
Technology is alleviating this problem in a few ways — with more online classes, workouts, and guides available, the need for an in-person gym or trainer are no longer as much of a limiting factor of someone’s ability to live a fit lifestyle. But increased digital access can’t address roadblocks to fitness in the form of air pollution, a safe environment, less access to recreational spaces, or financial limitations. Additionally, technology access is a privilege that isn’t available to everyone. If your family is sharing a computer or cell phone, have limited or no internet access, or have no technology access at home, online fitness isn’t an accessible option.
Anyone who’s ever bought new running shoes or joined a gym knows how expensive fitness can be. It costs money to join a gym, buy equipment, and purchase workout clothes and gear, and not having the ability to do so is a huge limiting factor in your ability to be active. Working out can also be a challenge when you work long hours or want to spend quality time with your kids, too. While exercise can be a very low-cost activity, there are components that are necessary to working out safely that require money.
Most notably, clothing and fitness gear are an oftentimes necessary requirement to getting started with exercise, and can be a considerable cost. Even low-cost exercises like walking, running, or body-weight workouts require good tennis shoes, which can be expensive. And going without proper footwear or clothing can lead to injury or discomfort while exercising, which is unlikely to encourage anyone to continue building a healthy, active lifestyle.
Creating Accessible Fitness
Creating a culture and community where fitness is accessible for everyone is a challenge that can’t be taken on by a single individual — or even a single group like ViGOR FiTNESS. It’s something that we all need to address in our local communities, states, and across the country to ensure that everyone has safe, reliable, and healthy access to parks, gyms, and fitness opportunities. We’re determined to build a fitness community where everyone has the opportunity and access to exercise. Check out our blog for more fitness tips, workouts and inspiration.