Starting A Fitness Routine: Advice and Motivation

First progress picture after losing 30 lbs compared to most recent after 90 lbs lost. If I can do it, anyone can do it!

Have you been in a place where you want to begin exercising regularly, but you don’t know where to start? I can relate and have also been there. The solution may seem easy—just start! However, often -times the issues preventing us from trying something new is our mentality and insecurity. Its hard to walk into a gym, or even go for a jog around the block without feeling awkward when you’re just starting out. The main thing is to just ignore those doubts and try it. Nobody should feel they don’t have the body type to exercise because everybody starts somewhere. Nobody has ever reached health and fitness goals by continuously putting off actually doing the exercise.

With that being said, let me share a little bit of my own experience. I first began my most recent fitness journey over three years ago and sometimes I am amazed at where I am now. “Three years ago me” would have never imagined I would be who I am today from choosing to walk into Fitness 19. I remember being scared and not feeling like I belonged in a gym, but those doubts quickly shifted to motivation as I started to see and feel the difference in my body, mood, strength and energy level. Also, I was enjoying the classes I was taking and I was regularly receiving support from the women and instructors I encountered. It was, without a doubt, one of the best decisions I ever made.

Additionally, one factor that kept me from getting a gym membership, was the thought that it would be too expensive. Until one day I found a flyer in my mailbox from Fitness 19 that was offering memberships in my ideal price range, so I figured I would check it out. I went in and got a free week trial and started out with Zumba. I also tried yoga and pilates because I had a lot of experience doing those already and I began to really enjoy not only the people and instructors, but also the relaxed vibe of Fitness 19.  It has become a place I look forward to visiting and the friends I have made there keep me motivated and excited about staying on top of exercising. Fitness 19 is inexpensive with great deals, has a great community and offers a variety of group classes with excellent instructors. I highly recommend this gym!

Now, I get it if the gym isn’t your thing, but clearly, you can still exercise. After my second child was born I started exercising without a gym membership by doing yoga at home on youtube and walking. We used to live on a street that was in a hilly area so I made time to get really good walks in on the weekends. Also, I was using Youtube to do yoga most days of the week. I did this along with using the Weight Watchers app to track my nutrition and it worked for weight loss as well as building a foundation for maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the long term.

Eventually, I also got a $10 a month subscription to an app called The Daily Burn. If you love the idea of taking classes, they have all kinds from yoga to kick boxing and even recovery videos for active rest days. If you either want to build up some confidence in your fitness abilities, or you aren’t interested in the gym, I can vouch for these other options.

The important thing is it so get your body moving! Combine an activity you like while maintaining proper nutrition and you’ll be on the way to achieving fitness goals in no time. I suggest to try and find something you are interested in doing, not something you dread, other wise you’ll never stick with it. Also, if you end up not liking your work out of choice, try something different until it sticks.

An instructor once said in a class “get comfortable being uncomfortable” and this idea has been on my mind for several weeks now. New experiences can be uncomfortable, and in this case it’s a good thing. That just means you are on a path to bettering yourself and positive changes are in your future. Just try and remind yourself the discomfort is leading you where you want to be.

So, get together with a friend to work out, or make a really good play list and get moving!

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