You look in the mirror and wonder to yourself: How did I let myself go this far?
Whether you are brand new to fitness, or you’ve simply fallen out of shape recently, here is the quick beginner’s guide to get you back on track quickly. Change your in-front-of-the-mirror thought bubble to: Wow, I look and feel amazing! by reading and taking the action steps below.
Step 1: Start with Motivation
Why do you want to get fit again? There must be a reason that you desire to change your body at this time in your life. Think about it until you have a very clear, very specific reason. There is no wrong answer here. We all have our own personal motivators for wanting to achieve our best selves.
What’s ultimately important is that your reason is specific and powerful to you. Once you’ve determined what your motivation is, write it down where you can see it every day. Think about it. Focus on it. Don’t ever let go of it.
Step 2: Work on Education
You need to eat right and workout smart in order to quickly achieve your goal body. Do you know how to do this? Are you sure?
While there is more information on fitness available to us today than ever before, all of the information noise often gets in the way more than it helps.
There is this diet or that diet or 100 others plus so many different workout programs…So don’t expect to know exactly how to get into shape by yourself.
A successful body transformation plan should be made by a fitness professional. We’ll take your personal information into account and will answer any and all questions to ensure your success.
Plus, Saturday, April 21st we are hosting a FREE Nutrition and Movement Workshop in Swarthmore starting at 8am. Perfect stepping stone to get you where you want to be!
Step 3: Seek out Support
It’s time to have an honest and vulnerable conversation with the people in your life who matter the most. Let them know how far you’ve let yourself go. Let them know what your goal is. Let them know why this matters so much to you.
Your success rate depends heavily on the support system that you build around yourself as you begin to implement healthy lifestyle changes.
It’s very possible that you’ll find one or more people in your life who are threatened by your desire to improve yourself. While this can be upsetting, try to approach it with understanding. The best scenario would be them joining you.
Step 4: Get Started!
I know sometimes you do all the research and figure out what you want to do and why, but then you get to the start date and you freeze! Because starting something new makes yourself vulnerable to failing. And maybe you’ve tried and failed so many things in the past that trying again just seems…daunting. You start to talk yourself out of it…
Just do it. I posted a video earlier this week about just showing up (click here to watch the video). And that’s what you need to do to get on with your goals. Be a participant in your life, not just a bystander.
Journeys are long and not always easy but through the journey you discover more about yourself and find that you are better off having started than never starting at all.
So, try it. Do it. And see what happens when you jump head first into it.
Committed to Your Success,
Rosie and The Fit Tribe Team