Just Get Started!

Dave Brown, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
One evening a number of weeks ago it was about 7pm and I was finishing up with clients. I was hungry, freezing (gets cold in the Studio for the trainer), and, frankly, worn out. I hadn’t done my own workout yet. It would have been really easy to just head home for dinner and family time, but I decided I needed to just start the workout and the momentum would build. The first set of exercises was, in a word, brutal. By the second set, I was warmed up and by the end I had had one of my best workouts in months. I was PUMPED and felt like I could conquer the world! That workout only happened because I made the decision to start.

No matter what the change is, it begins with a concrete decision to start. It could be something as small as not missing a workout as in my case. It could be something life changing like starting a weight-loss program, deciding to watch less TV to have more family time, or deciding this is the year to hike your first 14er.

There is no perfect time for change to start. There will always be obstacles to success that we’ll need to plan around. It’s called Life! Personally, I think when times are crazy it’s the best time to get started. If you can start a fitness program, be consistent and learn how to navigate the rough waters of life when things are crazy, imagine how you’ll do when things settle down.

By making the decision to get started, you are making the decision to put yourself first in one area of your life. For some, this will feel uncomfortable because they’ve always put their needs last. The interesting part of making a decision to get fit and healthier is that it helps to drive all other aspects of life. You’ll have more energy and a freer mind. One of the coolest things about what Deb and I do is watching clients progress through their journey to better health. Seeing someone start with a low fitness level and then through training, develop the strength and confidence to take on their first 5k or another milestone event is amazing.

Now is the time to make the decision to Just Get Started! Not next month, not next year. The decision to start is the toughest part of the journey toward a healthier you. Once you make that decision, it gets easier with each passing day. Here’s the creed Peter Twist, one of the top fitness presenters, who recently battled Stage 4 Nasopharyngeal cancer lives by; “Life is short…LIVE EVERYDAY. Today I will GIVE everything I have, what I keep inside I will lose forever.” Powerful words to live by.

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