How many people have started a new years resolution and just bailed on it a few weeks later? I know I have done it numerous times over. However, this year I am determined to make a happier and more confident me! That may mean that I need to work out 6 days a week (yes, I said 6) to feel like I accomplished something. But, no matter what you do that gets you to your goal, do it!
If you are new to working out, consult with your physician, and then find a gym that suits your needs. Don’t just go to “the no judgement zone” because it is cheap. When something doesn’t cost much, you are more likely to say, “well, it’s only $10.” Drop that mindset at the door right now! Yes, there are those powerhouse type gyms where you walk in and feel completely out of place and that may not be the right choice for you. But, find somewhere with encouraging staff, friendly members, and somewhere convenient. It is much harder to skip a workout when the gym is on your way to or from work.
Next, you need proper shoes. You may own a pair of tennis shoes that you use to exercise or go to the park. But, odds are they are completely worn out and should be used to do yard work or hang around the house (if you are one of those people that just need to wear shoes at all times). Visit a local running store like SecondSole. They will be able to watch your step and find a shoe that fits your gait. These shoes may be a bit more than you’re used to spending, but isn’t your health worth it!
Finally, you need a positive and encouraging buddy. Make it someone that won’t nag you about getting to the gym, but will meet you there and go through the sweaty workout with you! For me, I have drug my mom along for all of my fitness endeavors. She has competed in dozens of half marathons, completed her first full marathon this past year, pedaled 150 miles in two days, and can seriously lift some weights! That women can sweat! People question how she can handle watching her granddaughter because it can be a lot of work (esp. when the baby becomes mobile). Well, she is active and loves being on the move herself. I use her as motivation to continue going and to remain active as much as I can and she pushes me to go further.
(She may kill me for adding this photo. It is in preparation for my wedding and neither one of us were really working out or being too active at this time.)
Remember you are an amazing person! Be confident! Be fit! Be you!