Today, I want to chat about a common misstep I’ve noticed many people make when embarking on their fitness journey. It’s a bit like sprinting out of the gate in a marathon, and trust me, it’s a path we want to avoid.
Now, let’s be clear right off the bat: taking that first step towards prioritizing your health is a monumental achievement. If you’ve made the choice to put yourself and your well-being first, you’re already ahead of the game. It’s a far cry from those who are waiting for the “perfect moment” or “more time” – which, as you probably know, tend to be as elusive as unicorns.
But here’s the thing: when you dive into a fitness regimen, it’s like starting an individual workout. And if you’ve had a good coach, they’d advise against going full-throttle from the get-go. Why? Because going too hard too soon can leave you feeling depleted, disheartened, and tempted to throw in the towel.
Your overall fitness journey operates on the same principle.
I’ve been talking a lot about “fresh starts” and “getting back into the groove” with your fitness lately. If you’ve had a period of inactivity or have been putting everyone else’s needs ahead of your own, step one is, simply put, to get started.
But here’s the crucial part: avoid the pitfall of rushing in too fast.
Be kind to yourself and your body. Take it slow. Just because someone else appears to be sprinting doesn’t mean you should join the race. The key is to celebrate progress – mastering the basics, refining your form, and constructing a sturdy foundation.
Once you’ve achieved that, then we can contemplate adding more weight or intensifying your routine.
This is precisely why so many people who begin this journey with us find success. There’s no pressure to keep up with others or to lift the same weights as someone who’s been at it for five years. The focus is on getting started and progressing at your own pace.
So, yes, get started – that’s the essential first step. But no, there’s no need to sprint in the beginning.
Embrace the process and savor the journey. Honestly, it’s the most gratifying part of the entire adventure.
If you have any questions or need guidance along the way, I’m here to support you.