5 Fitness Tips To Overcome Your Barriers To Starting
When you are a beginner, it can be hard to start and commit to your fitness journey.
Maybe you’ve tried to start before and found exercise too difficult — you might have even found that BBG seemed too hard. You might feel like being fit is easy for other people, but it’s too difficult for you.
If you’ve tried going to a gym, you may have found it intimidating, were unsure how to use the equipment, or what exercises you should be doing. Perhaps you’ve had an injury, and now you’re scared to restart.
If you’re someone who has been putting off starting your fitness journey, here are some tips to help you start.
- How to overcome your fears with your “why”
- Ways to make starting easier
- Why it’s okay to start where you are now
- How to gradually build a fitness base
- How to stay accountable
Fitness tips to help beginners get started
It can be hard to start — or to restart — your fitness journey for many reasons. These tips can help you to overcome your fears and get started on your fitness journey.
Counter fears with your "why"
It’s natural to feel apprehensive about starting something new.
I’ve been a personal trainer for almost 10 years, and after having my baby Arna, I felt anxious and scared about beginning again.
I found the thing that helped me was to focus on why I wanted to get fit and strong again — and that meant not listening to my negative thoughts.
Why do you want to be fitter?
Whatever YOUR reason is, I am sure that it is stronger than your fears of starting.
Make starting easier
Feeling anxious when you are out of your comfort zone and in a gym is normal! Perhaps you feel like you’re not fit enough to workout or you’re worried about what to wear to the gym.
This shouldn’t stop you from making progress towards your fitness goals! You don’t have to go to a gym to start getting fit, you can do it from home!
If you don’t have much time to workout, that’s okay too! You can achieve your fitness goals with short workouts.
Finally, if you don’t know what to do, then start by educating yourself. Find out about different types of exercise, and try some different ways to make exercise enjoyable for you!
Start from where you are right now
It’s a common misconception that you have to be fit to exercise or go to the gym.
This simply isn’t the case! You can start from where you are right now.
My BBG Beginner program has eight weeks to introduce you to the BBG training style gradually, building a baseline of fitness to set you up for success in BBG.
Work at your own level and repeat any exercises or weeks in your own time until you master them, before moving forward.
Build a base fitness gradually
You won’t get fit overnight — fitness is a gradual process that takes commitment over the long term.
This means showing up for yourself, and doing what you can on that day. With consistency, over time you will become fitter and stronger.
You might start by walking for 10-minutes. Once that becomes easy, increase it by 5 minutes each week until you can walk for 35 minutes.
For those women who want to be able to do full push-ups, you can use push-up progressions. You can start by doing push-ups against a wall, and increase the intensity gradually as you get stronger.
If you are a new mother, you can gradually rebuild fitness using my Post-Pregnancy program, which takes you through the steps to rebuild foundational strength before guiding you as you build up to larger, more complex movements.
You are accountable for your own fitness journey! There are lots of ways you can track your fitness progress to record your workouts and keep working towards your goals.
You can also include your friends and family members in your fitness goals and ask them to help to keep you accountable.
I also recommend that women starting on their fitness journey join the BBG Community. This is an amazing community of women who’ve come together from around the world to support each other on their fitness journeys.
You can overcome your barriers and get started with fitness!
Whatever your reasons for putting off the start of your fitness journey, you can use these fitness tips to overcome them!
When you make the commitment to accept yourself and your body as you are right now, you can start to work towards your fitness goals in a way that will work for you!
You should never feel ashamed of being a fitness beginner — everyone starts out as a beginner some time, whether it’s fitness or something else.
Be proud of yourself for stepping up to the starting line! As you find your fitness motivation, you can inspire others around you who might have the same fears or obstacles.
How have you overcome your fears of starting with fitness? Share your tips in the comments!
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.