Fitness: Getting Started

Listen, it makes no sense asking me what kind of exercises I do or how many times I work out a week. Why? Because you and I are in two different places and if you are a beginner comparing yourself to someone who is not does nothing but discourage you.

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If you haven't worked out in years or if you have periodically here and there, you should have ONE goal at this point. To simply get started where you are. Creating new habits is challenging so the last thing you want to do is make your load even heavier by setting unrealistic goals.

My motto in life is to only focused on what you CAN do. So don't waste time thinking about how busy your day already is, how much you already have to do or how overwhelmed you are already are. Just start.

Easier said than done, right? lol Yes I know, so let's break it down in 3 simple steps. ​

1) MAKE A DECISION

Now I know what you're saying. You've already made the decision. Well no actually you haven't. Here's the deal, when you really want to do something, you do it. When you decide that you're going to school and finish, come hell or high water you do it. When you decide that despite being a single parent, your child will never go without, they don't. Simply put, there is nothing more powerful than a made up mind.

Remember making a decision doesn't mean you'll get it right every time, nor does it mean that you won't fail during your attempt, it simply means that you have decided what it's going to be and you will go after it and do it no matter what.

What does it say about us when it means more to keep our word to others, than to ourselves.

2) START SMALL

Again the goal here is not to overthink this. Do what you can right now. The point is to get moving so dismiss any idea of what people say this should look like.

When I first begin my fitness journey I started with 10 minutes a day. I mean it's kinda hard to convince yourself that you don't have 10 minutes. And I did it from home. My daughter was younger so I decided every night after I put her to bed, I would pop in my video and do my 10 minute workout. (Trust me when you're out of shape that 10 minutes is a good start:)

Even when I got to the place where I thought I could do longer, I initially kept it consistently at 10 minutes. Why? Because this is about building habits and you have to understand that you are literally reprogramming not only your body but your mind. Keeping the goal within reasonable reach allows you to more likely achieve on a consistent basis.

We're about wins, big and small --and, the more you see yourself achieving, the more you develop the confidence you need to reeeeally believe you can keep achieving.

3) ELIMINATE TIMEFRAMES

Now this is going to be pretty unpopular especially in today's fitness world but you have to get rid of the 4, 6, or 12 week plans. Is there anything necessarily wrong with these types of plans? Technically no because we see people all time who are already fit and decide to train for a period of time for an event or competition. But for the average person the most important thing to remember is that real fitness is not about a destination or a photo op, it is about a commitment to a lifelong journey of health.

Don't get me wrong, many people who attempt these get-fit-quick programs are able to get results but because most failed to focus on building sustainable habits they end of regressing.

  1. Ask yourself where you WILL dedicate 10minutes of your day to some kind of physical activity. Then put it on your calendar.
  2. ​​Keep it simple and do what you can. Whether you find online videos or freestyle your own workout, decide to commit - whether it's in the morning, or before bed, or after lunch - just get it in.
  3. Believe in yourself and trust the progress, and know that every effort you make is changing you whether you can see it or not. Repeat several times daily -->Every day in every way, I get better and better.

About the Author Rook

It took life turning me upside down before I figured out how to live it right side up. Hopefully I can save you some of the trouble.

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