How to get started on your fitness journey

I know I’ve heard it over and over again that getting started is the hardest part of any journey, so it stands to reason that you have also either heard it yourself or you have felt that way. You have wanted to make a change and improve your fitness but you either don’t know where to start or the thought of starting just feels daunting.

Trust me, I know how you feel every time I take a few weeks off from running I feel like I’m starting right from the beginning again. It always feels so hard to get back out for that first run, yet once I’m out I enjoy it. I enjoy the actual motion of running but I also enjoy knowing that I am doing something good for me and for my health.

Now maybe you’re starting from a point of complete novice, where you have never really put much focus on exercise before or maybe you are looking to get back into exercise after a period of inactivity – either way it can be a challenge.

Here are a few of my tips on how to make it easier to just get started:

  • Try a few different things
    • Trying out more than one sport or activity will hopefully mean that you find something you enjoy. If you enjoy it then you are more likely to stick with it long term
  • Make a plan
    • Look at your schedule for the week and identify where you have gaps that you can fit exercise in and then plan it into your diary so that you don’t forget or double book yourself
  • Be sensible
    • Pick an activity that isn’t going to cost you lots upfront – if you decide you don’t like it and you aren’t going to keep doing it you don’t want to have wasted lots of money
  • Be realistic
    • Don’t start out thinking that you are going to work out one hour a day, 6 days a week only to find it too much for you. 30 minutes 3 times a week sustained over a 12 week period is going to be much better for you than 6 one hour sessions that you can’t sustain and you end up quitting after just a couple of weeks.
  • Make it convenient
    • Do something that is local to you and doesn’t require additional time, transport, child care etc. I love working out at home for this very reason, I don’t have to go anywhere, I don’t need child care and a 30 minute workout actually takes just 30 minutes

Don’t let your fears hold you back and stop you from doing something that ultimately you will thank yourself for. Spending time looking after your physical self through regular exercise will help you in lots of ways beyond just the obvious fitness benefits. Why not check out my blog on 5 benefits of regular exercise and help that to motivate you to get started – https://laurab-fitnessmentor.com/5-benefits-of-regular-exercise/

If you would like help and support on your journey my inbox is always open and I have a fantastic community on Facebook where we all support each other. I provide regular workouts that you can do from home as well as nutrition tips. You can join the Warrior Tribe completely free here – https://www.facebook.com/groups/warriortribebylaurabfitnessmentor/

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