It’s All In your Head
The heat wave, the fact that you were born to be a 9-5 corporate slave or the fact that trump should not have won the election. Our brains are very powerful things that either hold us back or allow us to progress in life. A perfect example of this is education. We tell our kids after graduating high school, they have to go to college, get a degree & get a good job. Then have a family, by a house with a white picket fence & well-cut lawn & live happily ever after. But this could not be farther from the truth.
Reality & fantasy never collide in the real world; maybe for a few. By having this idea planted in our mind we will not question or have the will to break the norm. This is true for our health & fitness. Getting started on a fitness routine requires you be in the mindset for working out. It requires you to be motivated & the first step being open minded to a new experience & expecting the unexpected.
Your state of mind will determine whether you succeed in being healthier &fit; than you currently are. Do not compare yourself to other but stop & think about what it is you want to do by getting started with fitness routines. Mine was stress relief.
Once you have decided on your goal, you should allocate the time for it. We live in a fast-paced world where it is easy to get swept away by the tide called life. It doesn’t have to be a lot of time, 30 minutes should be enough; I usually try to get 50 – 60 minutes of gym time, an hour walking & 15-20 minutes of running. After completing the first step finding motivation will be your next goal.
I admit, when I started going to the gym, I wasn’t really a big fan. I was overwhelmed by all the different machines & I had doubts about what was or should be the right type of exercise for me. Getting started was hard for me. That is, until I started going to the gym with my roommate & he showed me the ropes.
Fear will always hold your motivation back so get over your fear. A lack of clarity of what you want to achieve will also demotivate you to get healthy. Challenge yourself to be better than you were yesterday & having a partner will give you the extra motivation you need. Oh, & music helps too. Be sure to enjoy yourself.
Why Be Curious
For the first few weeks, my roommate showed me the ropes & I would just follow his lead. It got to a point I just wanted to try something new. There was a whole gym floor I wanted to explore. I used to walk around to see what would interest me. If I find something, I would observe how someone else is doing it & I would try it.
Once you’re are committed to your fitness goal, monotony will be your biggest enemy. The challenge will be to keep up the wonderful routine you have gotten yourself into. If you are going to the gym, I would recommend trying variations of what you usually do. If you are walking or running, I suggest a shape up plan which will allow you to structure & vary your workout.
Getting started with a fitness routine is one f the hardest thing to do. You need to have the right attitude when approaching something new or unfamiliar to you. Be positive & enthusiastic about what you will be doing. Once you get started, fear will try to demotivate you from opening up to a new experience but don’t let it. Be clear on what you want to achieve on your new journey. Vary your workouts to break the monotony. Your journey will be a long one, but it will be well worth it. Remember, it starts with what is in your head.