Overcome your Barriers to fitness

Whether it’s YOUR first time working out, or you’re returning to exercise after injury, illness or taking some time off, I know how overwhelming it can be.

It can be hard to start — or restart — your health and fitness journey for many reasons.

Start out easy

The key is to start out EASY — it should feel like you are holding back during your workouts, which might mean going slower or reducing the number of reps of exercises in your workout to ensure proper form.

When you start out slow, you’ll feel that you have more energy than when you began, and this will help motivate you to keep going.

Remember, your health and fitness is a JOURNEY. Enjoy your experience as a fitness beginner — the time will eventually come to work harder!

Choose exercises that make you feel confident

You should feel in control and confident when working out, at any stage of your fitness journey — struggling through an exercise just because it is part of the program does NOT mean that it is the best variation of the exercise for YOU.

There is no shame in modifying an exercise — just tell me and we can modify EVERYTHING, and that is okay.

Schedule workout days in your calendar

Make your workouts a priority — just as you would an appointment! Schedule your workout days in your calendar and know what you are going to do BEFORE you begin so that you have everything you need for the session to run smoothly, and without any distractions, whether you’re training at home or in the gym. Have your clothes and gear ready the night before for a morning workout or packed in your bag for an after-work session.

My advice is to work out whenever you CAN! It honestly does not make a difference if you work out in the morning or the evening, as long as you get it done!

If you are starting out, try to get in at least two workouts each week and use the other days to focus on moving when you CAN, and getting enough rest to recover from your workouts.

You can overcome your barriers and get started with fitness today!

When you commit to making time for YOU, you can start to work towards your goals confidently, and in a way that will suit your lifestyle. As you find your fitness motivation, you can even inspire others around you who might have the same fears or obstacles.

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