When it comes to getting fit, we all know that there are no rules. For some people it seems so easy—they seem born to play soccer or to do gymnastics. But for the rest of us, getting fit seems to be like something that only other people can do. There are a lot of reasons that you might find it rough to get fit, from procrastination to indecision to problems with your confidence. Here are some ways to surmount those problems and get the body that you want.
First of all, you might be one of those people who procrastinates. It’s so easy to tell yourself that you’ll do something later—you look at the clock and it’s 6:17, so you tell yourself you’ll get up at 6:30. Next time you look at the clock it’s 6:38, so you tell yourself you’ll get up at 7:00—and thus the unhealthy cycle continues. The first way to get over being a person who procrastinates is to tell yourself that there’s no time like the present—you won’t start something new on Monday, or on the first day of next month, or on New Year’s Day—the time is now, which means you have to get off your butt and start kicking ass instead. Stop making excuses to yourself and remember, you’re the only person that they’re really hurting.
Not being able to decide what you should do to keep fit is something that prevents a lot of people from figuring out what exactly they should do. Your stomach isn’t as flat as you’d like it to be, so you try swimming one week and zumba the next week and yoga the week after—and then you give up because you just aren’t sure what exactly you should do to get and stay fit. The best way to get fit is to incorporate fitness into your daily routine, so it’s time to go to a gym and speak to a personal trainer to figure out a program that will work for you. Deciding what exactly you want your fitness routine to be is the first step to actually doing it every day and making it part of your life.
Money is a huge issue for a lot of people who really want to get fit. The cost of a gym membership can feel pretty astronomical and even equipment like good-quality running shoes and shirts and pants with good moisture-wicking fabric can feel extremely expensive. If you struggle with financial issues anyway, not having enough money to get fit can be extremely frustrating and even very upsetting.
The best way to deal with this is to make sure that you start on an activity that you don’t need specialist equipment for. If you do yoga at home, all you need is some floor space and some comfortable clothes. If you start walking, all you need is a pair of comfortable shoes and clothing to suit whichever season it is, along with sunscreen. If you want to save for a gym membership or new clothes, start putting aside a small sum every week—give up on your Starbucks or another non-essential indulgence and start prioritizing. But remember that it is possible to get healthy on a low budget if you just keep moving.
4. Physical Issues
For a lot of people, physical problems can prevent them from getting fit and healthy. Flat feet can be a problem for a lot of people—if you experience pain when you’re running, you’re probably one of them. Make sure that you go for footwear with good arch support and cushioning so that they aren’t too sore. If you have problems with your joints or you’re overweight, why not try swimming? The water will support your weight, meaning that your joints won’t have as much pressure put on them. If you have any physical problems it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before embarking on a new fitness routine.
5. Confidence Issues
Finally, the biggest issue impeding a lot of people from getting fit is their confidence. Walking into a gym when you’ve never been in one before is an intimidating thing to do, but it’s important to remember that everyone in there has been in your shoes at some point, and that making a decision to get healthy is something that should be applauded. Keep your attention and focus on what you want to do rather than the way you feel and you’ll be ready to go in no time.
If you can overcome these five common fitness problems, then you are well on your way to living the healthy lifestyle you always wanted!