Fitness Motivation: The Hardest Step is the 1st Step

front doorIn my opinion, the actual run (or workout) is not the hardest part. It’s getting there. It’s putting your workout clothes on, and stepping away from the computer, kids, and responsibilities to START your workout.

Once I’m “there” (whether on the road or in the gym), I love it – but it’s like there is an invisible forcefield at the front door that makes it so challenging to step through that door and transform into the fit girl I love to be.

May the Force Be With You

runner startlineFor some people, there is an evil forcefield that seems to block them from going to the gym. It comes in the form of work, kids, laziness, fear, embarrassment, procrastination, guilt and many other forms.

BUT, once you have made a commitment to show up, the forcefield is broken. The same way Snow White could be woken from the curse with the most simple task, with true love’s kiss, YOU can break the curse by an equally simple task. You just have to show up.

Don’t Think So Much

gym excusesI think we overcomplicate things. We spend too much time worrying about what we are going to do when we get there, what we are going to wear, what our kids are going to think when we stick them in day care, what we have to cook for dinner, how we will squeeze it all in, what we are going to look like when we are floundering around the gym as a newbie, or how we are going to feel – embarrassed, fat, weak or out of shape.

Some people even think they need to lose weight BEFORE they go to the gym! That’s like trying to get well before going to the doctor. All these silly thoughts do is allow that forcefield to go up.

Just Show Up

GO TO THE GYMIt’s time to tear down the walls of intimidation, fear, laziness, and excuses – and just focus on one thing: Show Up. Day after day, just keep showing up. Once your feet hit the pavement, it’s golden. Once your body walks through the gym doors, you are set. The rest is easy! Most people would agree that they enjoy the feeling they get when they workout, they just have a hard time with the “starting” part.

Commit.
Start.
Do.
Succeed!

I love to run but...

The shoes in this pictures are the Reebok DMX Sky.  They are really cool shoes that use air as cushion. I’ve been having ankle issues and I wore these yesterday and had the first day in several days with no pain. So, if you need extra support and like extra cushion, I’d definitely give these shoes a try. Very cool kicks.

Reebok-DMX-Sky

 

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on May 16, 2013, in Motivational, PFOCUS and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. So TRUE! I find that once I get to the gym, the hard part is over. I actually enjoy working out. But all those reasons start getting in the way. That is why I peter to get my work out in first thing in the morning. I used to work out in the evenings- a much easier time to have excuses! My motto is now “Get up! Get it done! Get it on!”

  2. Thanks for the great article. My imotivation to “get with the (workout) program” in the first place remains my motivation now.

    I keep vacation photo of me in our workout room. A the time the photo was taken, I was so overweight, it looked as if my torso had been squeezed into a sausage casing.

    I never want to look like that again.

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