01 Jul How To Begin Getting In Shape
For a lot of us it can be daunting.
You know you want to get fit.
You know you want to feel better.
But, the big problem is you just don’t know where to begin.
Maybe you want to lose weight, maybe you were once super fit but life took over and you can’t remember the last time you exercised or maybe, just maybe you have never exercised in your life (aside from the obligatory PE classes at high school that were oh, so easy to dodge). You feel you are right back to where you started, a beginner.
We’ve all been there, we’ve all had a moment in our lives where we’ve thought enough is enough. I want to feel better, I want to be able to walk upstairs without getting out of puff.
Then you go ‘gung-ho’ doing everything all at once with the greatest magnitude and suddenly you can’t keep up. It all becomes overwhelming, you begin to feel like a failure, super disappointed with yourself and your dream of getting fitter and healthier promptly gets put on the back burner (again).
But what if it didn’t need to be like that?
- What if you took a new view, a new approach and looked at it as a slow, steady change instead of an immediate quick fix.
- What if you had patience with the process, took your time to do a little more each day and see how you get on.
- What about staying really positive about it all because YOU KNOW YOU CAN DO IT.
I’m going to be honest with you, the reason why you find it so difficult is because you have no patience with yourself or with the process. Yes, you give up the first time it feels like too much trouble. The first time you tell yourself you are too busy, or too tired.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. It didn’t take you two weeks to get where you are now, so it’s not going to take to two weeks to get to where you want to be.
BUT, it is absolutely possible.
Just promise yourself you won’t give up at the first hurdle. The first time you are too tired, too cold or too busy.
You don’t need any more that 20 minutes 5 days a week. That’s less that one episode of your favourite TV programme. In fact you can do it whilst watching your favourite TV programme…
Here are our top tips that if you follow, the next time you begin you won’t stop. You will remember it’s a journey not a destination, and you’ll have an attitude free of pressure and intensity which will open up a while new world of possibility.
1. FIND A TIME AND A DAY YOU CAN COMMIT TO:
When it comes to fitness, the very first thing to begin with is finding a time and a day that you can commit to, then sticking to it, no excuses allowed.
Remember you don’t need to leave your home, there are so many super effective home workouts that when applied consistently will get you as good results as if you were spending hours in the gym. You can access a free workout here that you can do in the comfort of your own home.
2. FIND SOMETHING YOU ENJOY DOING:
This is super important because if you don’t enjoy something there is no way you are going to stick with it.
If you don’t want to begin with a gym or home workout, wrap yourself up, take yourself outside and walk. Increase the pace and see how quick you can complete your route.
Don’t pick something that is going to have you feeling intimidated or ready to have a heart attack. Slow and steady will win this race, progress as you go. Don’t jump in at the deep end without arm bands…
3. CONSIDER JOINING A COMMUNITY:
This can make all the difference, helping you to stay motivated and accountable to your program. On your own your excuses will win, within a community your goals will always be in sight. When you begin your journey, align yourself with like minded people, buddy up and have that accountability.
Pepper Hustle has a wonderful community of women that are out to support, champion and cheerlead you on your journey.
4. BE KIND TO YOURSELF:
You don’t have to be perfect, you don’t have to go at lightening speed. You just have to begin, at your own pace, in your own time, but you do have to begin.
Consistency is the reason why 20 minute workouts work.
Don’t allow yourself to bail on yourself. Turn up each and every day for you and you’ll soon realise that being a beginner wasn’t that bad after all.
5. AND REMEMBER:
Even the fittest person you know was once a beginner. There is no one I know that hasn’t suffered some sort of set back. However, with persistence and consistency, you’ll get there.
Here’s to being a beginner, to striving each day for moving your body more and saying no to that extra biscuit. Here’s to you and your journey.
Repeat after me: “I’ve Got THIS!”
In the meantime here is a great little workout you can do in the comfort of your own home in under 20 minutes:
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