Four Ways to Ditch the Nerves and Start Exercising
Nervous for something new? Who isn’t!? I bet that turtle was too. Here’s a few things that may help you get out of that start gate.
1)Tell your family and friends. -This day and age we have the world at our fingertips and our family and friends at a glance of a screen. We make random Facebook/Instagram/Twitter posts all of the time about silly things like the newest challenge, culinary works of art, and pet selfies. We can stay connected with our favorite people from thousands of miles away and it feels as if they’re right there in front of you.
They help you out when you’re going through something tough as well as share in your joys. Especially now with those new reactions on Facebook, gotta like those love, laughing, sad, wow, and angry face buttons! So why not share with them that you’re starting something new for your health? You’d be surprised how much it helps those nerves! Plus, some of us may have people in our lives who will consistently check-up. They’ll keep you accountable for sure!
2)Get your family and friends involved too. Bring them with you! Words of encouragement are awesome! And knowing that you have a team supporting you feels incredible. But, having someone with you (physically) to start this new journey turns down those nerves that much more. Plus, working out should be fun and what’s better than having fun with your friends?
3)Schedule a one-on-one. -A group fitness class can be intimidating. You’re working out with a bunch of people, most of whom you may not know, and skill levels are all over the board. I know that we tell each other “Don’t compare yourself to others” but, hey, it’s easier said than done. Call the gym you’re interested in and schedule a meeting with a coach to get more information. Visit the gym to get the lay of the land as well as test out what it feels like to workout in a new place.
4)Slow and steady wins the race…Getting started is half the battle! It gets easier once you have some momentum behind you. Set goals to achieve and be realistic.
A)Go to the one-on-one.
B)Go to the trial class.
C)Start your membership.
D)Make it to the gym three times in one week.
Not all of these have to be done within the first week! They don’t even have to be done within the first two. Set a timeline for yourself. Make it something you can breathe through.
Make that Facebook post. Bring your favorite people with you. Meet with a coach. Start off nice and slow.
Remember, small things add up over time and they don’t all need to be done at once. Just keep that ball rolling and breath along the way. Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the journey! 🙂