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Getting Started on Your Fitness Journey

Getting started on a fitness journey is often what people consider to be their hardest step, and for good reason – it feels intimidating. It may help to reframe that perception, though.

It’s been said that the most important part of any journey is the next step

When someone is ready to start focusing on their health and prioritizing their fitness, they often don’t know where to start. They don’t know what that first step is.

Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that getting started is probably easier than you think. The bad news is that your fitness journey will probably last you the rest of your life. 

There’s really not an “end date” that you should associate with your fitness journey.

As the saying goes, “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” You can’t expect to build and maintain your fitness and health without continuous work.

The Most Important Step in Your Journey

Contrary to what many people think, the most important step is not the first, or even the biggest. It’s the next one.

When you’re starting your fitness journey, starting off small is always best. Throughout my years as a trainer, I’ve had clients come to me with big goals and desires, and a lot of them can be unrealistic. 

And when they don’t hit those unrealistic goals, they quit entirely. 

You would be surprised by the amount of change that can come from small things. All you have to do to get better is to just do a little bit more than you did the day before, and to do this consistently.

You don’t have to start with an immense training routine. You don’t have to start going to the gym 7 days a week and running 5Ks. You can start by simply doing more than you did previously.

Most people are so sedentary and stationary that any type of physical activity is going to be more than what they did before. For example, if you have had almost no experience in the gym in the past year and you decide to start going on a walk 3 times per week, that is an increase in your activity level. Your body will respond in a certain way.

Taking It One Step at a Time

Taking small steps that are easily attainable and easy to stick with is absolutely the way to go. Biting off more than you can chew is one reason why a lot of people fail when they’re trying to prioritize their health and trying to get fit.

Another reason why people can have a hard time going into the gym or starting their health and fitness journey is because they assume that it’s not going to be fun. They assume that it’s going to be difficult, that they have to hate it – and when they feel that way, they’re not going to stick with it.

Think about it. If you have to force yourself into it every time you go, eventually you’re going to fail.

Your fitness journey will require a certain amount of discipline. You have to sometimes force yourself to do things you don’t enjoy, and there is some mental strengthening that will be required to stay consistent.

But where a lot of people fall short is that they just don’t have enough knowledge about all of the different activities they can do to get and stay in shape. They may think they have to run, but they hate running – so of course, they’re not going to run a lot.

Taking up an activity and doing something you enjoy that helps you get in shape, that helps you stay healthy and fit, is a much better strategy to help you stay consistent. If you love tennis, for example, play an active game. Schedule it into your week. 

Work out with a partner or friend. Have somebody in your corner to help you stay accountable. Make it fun – find an activity that is enjoyable for you, that you don’t have to dread every single day.

A lot of my clients love strength and weight training. They look forward to the sessions. But as soon as I have them do cardio or any sort of endurance work, they hate it. It’s not for them – so if we did only cardio and endurance at every training session, they would eventually not want to come.

Adding In Something New

Finding the things that you enjoy, that take your mind off the fact that you’re exercising or getting in new activity, is definitely a great idea. It will help you remain consistent.

Discipline is still required, and there will be parts of your fitness and health journey that you don’t love – and that’s ok. You need to love your goals, and you need to love what the actions will do for you more than you dislike actually doing it. 

For example, there are certain foods I really don’t enjoy, but it benefits my body when I eat them, so I go ahead and eat them, get it done, and get it out of the way. I’m much better off because of this.

Find the balance between applying discipline to your journey and finding things that you truly enjoy and look forward to to make it easier to remain consistent. If my team and I can help you do that, please contact me – we’re happy to help you get started!

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