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5 Steps to Start Exercising

5 steps to start exercising

This may come as a shock to you, but it’s the truth.

I do not love to exercise.  Every morning, I experience that same, “I don’t want to do this” moment that many of you do.  The difference is, exercise has become a non-negotiable in my life.  I need the structure and discipline of a regular workout routine to keep me physically (and spiritually) well-balanced.

I also want you to know that I never exercised until I was in my early 40’s. Many women have told me it is simply too late for them to get started. And my response is, “If you are sending me this message, you can…it’s simply that you won’t.”

Ouch, right?  That might be you.  But it’s the truth.  You can make a change.  So, you may be wondering where and how to begin.  Here are five steps to start exercising and becoming healthier:

  1.  Change your mindset.  Stop saying that you can’t or that it’s too late.  So far, its not that you can’t.  It’s that you have chosen not to.  I hear all of the excuses, but I can promise you this: if you change your mindset and believe (Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ Jesus who gives me strength), you will be amazed at just how much you can do!
  2. Stop making excuses.  We are all busy.  Everyone has the same 24 hours each day.  We all have jobs, and families and financial constraints.  But we always have time for the things we put first.  The people that tell me they can’t afford healthy food or an exercise program are finding ways to eat out and afford other luxuries.  The bottom line is this:  if you want it bad enough, you will find a way.  Not next week, or next month, or even tomorrow.  Today.  No more excuses.
  3. Make a plan.  The difference between a dream and a goal is a plan. This plan needs to be well-laid out and fully executed.  Start by finding the right workout for your fitness level.  Find a gym, a boot camp or an at-home program (whatever best suits your personal needs).  Invest in yourself.  Commit to a specified period of time.  Join a support group or challenge group.  If you need personal coaching or accountability, find a coach.  Do what you need to do and choose your start date.
  4. Execute.   Thinking and planning is great.  But the key is execution and consistency.  I recommend daily accountability (check-ins), and ongoing support to help you stay on track.  Do not skip a day.  Do not make excuses.  I personally recommend morning workouts so you get it done before your brain even knows what you are doing.  It also allows you the freedom to enjoy the rest of your day knowing that your workout is done.
  5. Healthy eating.  I know this blog is about exercise, but it’s important to remember that you can’t out-exercise a poor diet.  If you are struggling with your eating habits, it’s important to find a healthy meal plan that suits your individual needs.  The combination of regular exercise and healthy diet will not only help to improve your physical health, but will help you to be well-balanced in all areas of your life.

If you need help getting started, feel free to contact me or look into my VIP Elite program for one on one coaching and accountability.  But whatever you do, change your mindset, make a plan and get moving.  Implement these 5 steps to start exercising today.

Well?  What are you waiting for?