5 Things You Should Know About Beginning a Fitness Journey
Beginning a fitness journey can be exciting but daunting! Whether you don’t like what you see in the mirror, need to improve your health, or you’re just lazy and need a push- you’re not alone. We all have those moments where we realize it’s time for a change, a BIG change.
But to make that big change a reality, no one-stop-shop will do. No quick fix or crash diet will get you that long-term sustainable change you want.
The reality is, the road to sustainable change is a constant journey. And on that journey, there are a few tools to your success you should have in your back pocket. Check ‘em out below!
Motivation is a Daily Choice
You might be excited about this change now, but how about in a month when you’re tired and the excitement starts waning? If you really want to make a change, you have to commit to this thing daily, even on those days when you’d rather not.
One way to keep yourself motivated is to surround yourself with inspiration. Follow some fitness guru’s on Instagram, make friends with healthy people who encourage you, fill your fridge with healthy snacks and fresh foods, read some books about improving your health. If inspiration surrounds you, all the better your chance to succeed!
The More You Know the Better
Don’t leave your ‘big change’ up to guesswork. If you’re going to make a big change, you don’t want your efforts to be wasted, you want to do what’s best to achieve that particular goal.
Whether you hire a personal trainer or nutritionist, read some books and blogs and research, or even watch YouTube videos; learn about the big change you want to make, so you can put your best foot forward in making the change.
It’s Okay to Go Slow
Odds are you probably aren’t in high school anymore…so don’t expect your body to respond like you are.
Change and progress almost always come slower than we want it to, but killing yourself to achieve your goal won’t always get you there faster. Pushing too hard, too quickly can often end in burnout, sickness, or injury. Take your time, and be kind to your body; it’s okay to push yourself, just in a reasonable manner, please.
Do What You Love
Whoever said exercise and fun don’t go together? Probably lot’s of people….but the point is just because your neighbor Sue lost 30 pounds by running, doesn’t mean that’s the only way to lose 30 pounds.
If you hate running, don’t try to implement it as a long-term plan! Find something active that you like to do and do more of that. If you haven’t found something active you enjoy yet…just keep looking- I promise there is something out there for you!
Get Started Today!
I don’t think there’s anything that is more motivating to me, than the way I feel after finishing a hard workout. That sense of accomplishment is so rewarding and always has me craving more.
What have you got to lose….might as well give it a try right?