So many people talk about starting their fitness journey, but they don’t take the steps to do it. They think they’ll start next week, after their holiday, or when they have *insert object of desire* here. Somehow, something always comes up that stops people from starting. Does this sound like you? Have you been thinking this way for a few years now? Use this advice to start your journey ASAP!
Ask Yourself Why
Ask yourself honestly, why you’d like to embark on a fitness journey. There are so many reasons to start it, you just need to think about what matters most to you. It could be any of the following:
- You want to be fit and healthy into old age to see your children/grandchildren grow up.
- You want to take part in competitions.
- You want to work in the fitness industry.
- You just want to be the best version of yourself.
Use your reasons as motivation to carry on. Remember; it’s about what you want in the long term, not the short term. That huge slab of chocolate might make you happy in the short term, but in the long term it will not help you to achieve your goals.
Stop Making Excuses
It seems people are just full of excuses these days. ‘I work too hard’, ‘I don’t have time’, and ‘I won’t be able to’ are just some of the most popular. Your thinking is the first thing you need to change if you want to start a fitness journey. You must be positive, and know that you can do anything you set your mind to. You can make time. You can get better at things you’re not too good at. You are the only person who has the power to change your life for the better!
Start off Small
Don’t vow to go to the gym 6 times a week if you really haven’t worked on your fitness until now. Aim to go 3 times a week and just keep that up until it becomes a habit. Then you can add more days until you feel comfortable. Don’t work out every single day. Everybody needs a rest day. It’s essential you do things you enjoy, otherwise you won’t keep it up. If you don’t love what you’re doing, then you’re doing it wrong!
Positive thinking is a must. You also need to think realistically. There may be days where you don’t feel like going. There may be days where you feel low, or end up gorging on pizza. That’s fine! It’s a bumpy ride and nobody can be perfect all of the time. The important thing is that you don’t let it stop you and you remain consistent.
Visualisation can be a very powerful tool when you’re thinking about where you want to be. Picture yourself as a fit, healthy individual. Picture how you’ll feel, and the things you’ll do. Don’t just see it; put yourself in the situation. See it through your own eyes, rather than on a ‘film screen’. This is a proven method to help you reach your goals!
Are you ready to be the best version of yourself?
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