If you’ve read through my website, you will no doubt have come across my background. Though it may be hard to believe now, looking at my wins and achievements, I wasn’t always this motivated and good at running!
I still hear many people around me sigh when they find out what I can do, with the inevitable comment that follows, ‘Oh, I wish I could do that, but I’m just not fit enough’. But, I ask, if I can do it then what is it about you that makes you any different?
Getting Started Is Always the Hard Part
Whilst getting started on any new regime is always going to be a bit of a struggle at the beginning, it is never impossible. The only limits we as humans tend to set ourselves are the ones where we think that changing our routines and perceptions is unachievable. We are all capable of implementing small, but effective, changes into our current lifestyle.
If you don’t like what your life has become, and you want to change your habits, diet and exercise routine, or even if you have never done any exercise before and you want to start – ask yourself what is really holding you back? When you are honest with yourself, you can then begin to work on removing this block.
Start Small – Rome Wasn’t Built in A Day!
Why most people fail to begin, I believe, is that they set themselves impractical goals at the very beginning. If you haven’t exercised for some time, you will not be able to go and run a 5k marathon in one day! Be realistic – Yes, you could one day run this marathon without a doubt, but currently you are nowhere near this stage. So, what do you need to do about it?
- Sit down and write out what you want to achieve with your fitness regime.
- Set yourself a penultimate goal and work out how much time, practically, it will take to arrive at this stage.
- Set yourself smaller easier goals that will lead you towards this final one.
- Make things realistic.
- Allow a little room for manoeuvre.
- Reward yourself in some way for each successful achievement.
- Treat the journey with respect, and fully commit to it
Do Not Go It Alone
Success in fitness is greatly enhanced by working with someone, or partnering up with somebody else who can encourage your progress. Let those closet to you know about your journey and ask for their understanding during this transitional stage. Sometimes all it takes is just one encouraging word to keep you on track when the going gets tough.