Fitness Doesn't Have to be a Secret Club

By Donna Kostiew

I used to feel like there was something wrong with me. Like I missed the boat with joining a secret club … a club that millions of people were happily thriving in. But no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t find as much success with it as the others did. It’s not that I was low on motivation ... it’s just that every time I started a fitness program, something cut my goals short. And deep down, I knew what it is.

I didn’t like working out.

Establishing a workout program is hard, it’s easy to make excuses to skip a class, and the gym often has that really weird smell. So what was it that finally got me over that hump of not feeling like I was in “the club”?

Fitness is the Secret

Here’s the thing. Working out isn’t easy when you aren’t in shape. But you don’t need to become a fitness junkie to get to a place where exercise is no longer something you go out of your way to avoid. You just need to start, and with some consistency, you will soon find yourself making excuses to go to the gym.

So What is the First Step?

Take it easy – There is no reason to torture or force yourself to work out at a level you aren’t ready for. You can save that for when you are in better shape. Instead, start with something you can maintain, do it regularly, and move on up from there.

Choose an exercise you like to start with – Don’t like the atmosphere at a gym? That’s OK. Not all exercise has to happen in a gym. The key is to just pick something and commit to consistency with it; it is easier to be consistent if you are actually enjoying what you are doing.

Be accountable – Don’t let the daily stressors and life responsibilities impede your motivation to live a healthier life. If you have to, ask a family member or friend to hold you accountable. Or better yet, bring them along! You will be less likely to bail on your workout program if you have to answer to someone other than yourself.

Make realistic goals – Becoming a superhero in a week isn’t going to happen, so be honest with yourself and set realistic fitness goals. If you find that you are not able to meet the goals you set, don’t quit. Just change them.

Once you start working out and are able to establish a consistent routine, don’t forget to reward yourself. A great way to do so is to also establish a consistent routine with your local chiropractor. With their help, you will be able to maintain your level of fitness and your overall health and wellness … and you may even begin to feel like you are finally part of the club.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Johns Creek, Ga.

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