The First Step is the Hardest

The First Step is the Hardest

The First Step is the Hardest

I’m not going to waste time – New Year’s resolutions have come and left. Many people made resolutions about eating better, going to the gym and making better choices for their health. Hopefully, if those were your resolutions, you have stuck with them and have been consistent for the first few months.

Just in case you haven’t stuck with them, I want to take a few minutes to encourage you. Even if you didn’t have resolutions for fitness, but you have a desire to make changes, you don’t need a new year or even the first of the month to start.

I know it is tough, but the first step is truly the hardest. Even if you don’t have a history of fitness or physical exercise, baby steps are better than no steps at all. Don’t feel like you have to start with an hour and a half weight training and cardio day. Start with 10 minutes of walking or some body weight exercises. Every little bit counts!

The Internet can be a great resource. Use Google to find some good introductory body weight exercises to get your routine started. Or, even better, join a gym and ask the fitness professionals there for some tips on how to get started. Most gyms can provide training services from certified personal trainers who can walk you through a routine as many times a week as you would like. They can advise you on cardio, weight training and nutrition.

My biggest advice regarding making a first step towards fitness is do not be one of those people that signs up and never comes back. Baby steps are key! The hardest step in physical fitness is the first step out of the door to actually go.

Use positive self-talk for encouragement and find others that will encourage you on your journey. Find accountability partners that will be tough on you if you make excuses and try to back out of going to the gym or going on a walk or run. If you really want to achieve your goals, you need the first step – motivated by positive self-talk and a community of loved ones that encourage you!

Physical well being is not just about fitness and exercise, but also about your nutrition. Fresh is always key when it comes to fruits, vegetables and meat. Lean proteins such as chicken and turkey are good for each meal along with fruits and vegetables. Try to eat only whole grains when it comes to carbs and avoid high fat and packaged foods.

 

What other tips do you have that encourage the first step towards physical well being?

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