Starting your Fitness Journey
More often than not, the question that always seems to come up is “How do I start my fitness journey?” There is a lot of information out there on what you should do and how to do it. Some of it is great information, and the other half of it is bad information.
Trust me I know how intimidating and stressful this can be. When I first started my journey I felt like a puppet getting strung along by a fitness puppeteer.
Well people say things like “just do it”, “start today”, and “you got to take action”. That’s all fine and dandy but it’s much deeper than that. You can’t take blind action like Stevie Wonder, you have to have a plan set in place.
Without a plan, you have no direction. My guess is that you are a pretty smart individual if you are still reading this now.
You probably wouldn’t start a Real Estate company if you didn’t know anything about real estate. You would probably do some research, obtain some knowledge, get a mentor, and come up with a concrete plan to be successful.
The same thing goes for your fitness journey.
Here are the 3 C’s I know will help you to be successful on your fitness journey.
Think about what exactly you would like to accomplish. You need to make sure that are very precise on whatever it may be. Write it down and set a realistic goal and date that you will get this accomplished by.
Listen, you do not have to go to the gym. You don’t need to work out for hours at a time. You don’t have to do super intense workouts either. You need to exercise for 4-5 days a week for at least 20-30 minutes. Now, if you are just getting off the couch and starting your fitness journey, ease into the fitness lifestyle. You should just walk after dinner for starters. But if you are capable of handling a little bit more on your plate, think about something you may like to do. I would suggest trying a handful of different exercise routines. Maybe that’s spin, yoga, powerlifting, crossfit, pilates, boxing, or running. The best workout for you is the workout that you enjoy doing.
I would suggest that you get a coach or mentor to help you along the way. You need to build a support system of family and friends that will help you stay committed to your journey. You could be a nomad, but as humans, we work best in a team or group of like-minded individuals.
Now, in the beginning, the motivation will be there. You will be thrilled when you find something that you enjoy. But after a while, that motivation will slowly creep away. And, that’s when you need to start chasing. You need to develop a dedication to what you have previously committed to. Dedication is far more important than motivation. Without dedication, there is no consistency. Without consistency, there are no results. Consistently chasing after your goals are where the results happen.
The last but most gratifying of the 3 C’s is conquer. When you have reached the point of conquering your goals, you will feel so much better about yourself. You will know with all the hard work, dedication, blood, sweat, and tears that it was all worth it at the end.
Another good thing about this, you never know who is watching you. You might inspire someone close to you to push themselves to do the same thing you have accomplished. The act of giving back to someone is more pleasing than the accomplishment.
The underlying key to success is consistency and patience. So COMMIT. CHASE. CONQUER. If you vow to do these 3 things, you’ll get there, homie. I promise.