Whether you’re new to fitness, or simply fallen out of the routine of exercise, here’s a guide to help you get on (or back) on track.
Here’s your action steps:
Start with motivation! Why do you want to get fit, and why now? You want a very specific, clear reason, and there’s no right or wrong answer. We all have our unique motivators, and what’s important is that your reason be specific and powerful to you. Once you have that reason, write it down where you can see it every day. Think about it, focus on it, visualize the outcome, and take actions every day toward that goal.
Work on education! You know you need to eat right and workout smart in order to achieve your goal. Do you know precisely how to make that happen with a program and a plan to follow?
There is more information available at our fingertips today than ever before, but the information can sometimes be confusing and contradictory. Don’t expect to know exactly what steps to take to make your goal a reality. To ensure the greatest success, consult with a fitness professional. Not just an enthusiast, but someone with years of not only experience, but ongoing education (like me)! I’ll take your personal information and goals into account and answer any and all questions in order to ensure your success.
Seek out support! It’s time to have an honest and vulnerable conversation with the people in your life who matter most. Let them know how you feel about your current health and fitness, and what your goal is. Let them know why this matters so much to you, and that you want their support. Your success will depend heavily on on the support system you build around you as you begin to implement healthy lifestyle changes.
It’s very possible that you might find one or more people in your life who will be threatened by your desire to improve. While this can be upsetting, try to approach with understanding. Humans are often afraid of change. The best scenario would be them joining you, to make it a team effort and team goal.
Know that you CAN do it, but it will take consistent effort over time. Instead of focusing on reaching a goal in 1-2 months, focus on reaching and then maintaining your goals over the coming months and years.