Monday Motivation: Just BEGIN
Don’t make change too complicated…just BEGIN. Nothin’ like a Monday Motivation quote to slap you right in the face, right? Well, maybe it’s a gentle slap.
Humans (or maybe just me, ha!) have a tendency to over-analyze and pick things apart. That includes health and fitness goals. While it’s nice to lay out a structured plan of short-term, medium, and long-term goals, it’s easy to get bogged down in all of the tiny details of what makes up a good fitness/dietary regimen. According to the FITT Principles, there are a certain number of recommended minutes for cardiovascular exercise, and a general recommendation of days we need to strength train throughout the week. In the grand scheme of things, does that matter? Debatable.
While I strive to get all of my clients to work towards the 150 minutes of exercise and 2-3 days of strength training each week, that’s hardly realistic when first starting out. Maybe it’s unattainable for the first few MONTHS of training. Rather than having people get discouraged when trying to get from Point A to Point B, I tell them to just START SOMEWHERE. As a mentor and personal trainer, I don’t care if – for the first month of starting exercise – you only make it to the gym one day per week. It doesn’t matter if you manage only 15-minute walks a couple of times each week, especially if you’ve never set out specific time to exercise before. What’s important is that you’re taking steps towards lifelong habits that involve your health and fitness.
We have to start somewhere, no matter how small the “somewhere” may seem. Small starts lead to consistency; consistency leads to bigger changes; bigger changes lead to lifelong habits.
When I initially considered changing jobs to become a full-time personal trainer, it was nerve-wracking. There were a number of things I had to do, and I was anxious about the steps: study for and pass the certification exam, interview for a job, and the big one: make money.
No matter how many lists I made, it all boiled down to one thing: starting. I was never going to become a successful trainer if I didn’t BEGIN. The to-list would be looming over my head until I dove head first into the new journey.
One move (so far) and a few years later, and there’s no place I’d rather be!
- Have you made a big change in your life (move, career, etc.)?
- Are you guilty of over-analyzing scenarios?
- What goal can you “just BEGIN” this week?
- How did you spend your weekend?