Fitness journey - start where you are now

Starting your fitness journey — do this BEFORE working out

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Possibility: “a thing that can be chosen or done out of several possible alternatives.”

Your fitness journey is about so much more than moving your body. It’s about possibilities. And possibilities come from knowing where you are now, in this present moment. And that’s where the fitness journey begins. 

Start your fitness journey where you are now

One of the concepts I talk about a lot with my clients is: start where you are. Why? Cognitive goals come before action. You have to start by gathering information about your current life so you can visualize yourself in your new life. Think about all of your options and consider the benefits of changing versus staying the same. So, I invite you to shift your focus and mindset from the short term to the long term. What could be possible for you? 

“To prime your brain for creativity you should first wander the world with an open mind.” — Mark Cuban

Put change into action 

It’s great to visualize change, but we need to take inspired action to make a real impact. Here are some of my favourite activities to do when I’m ready to make a change. Get ready to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard— whichever works for you!

  1. What are your values? Make a list of your top 10, then narrow it down to your top 3. Keep these in mind as you plan your next steps. 
  2. What is your current lifestyle? Ask yourself where you spend your time, how you live, and your work and leisure patterns. Here are a few areas of your life to examine: 
  • Work
  • Cultural events
  • The city you live in
  • How you carry yourself 
  • What you eat
  • Your hobbies
  • Your debts 
  • Physical activity 
  • Your religion
  • What you do for fun 

Imagine life differently

Think about your perfect day 10 years from now. Take the time to really tap into your senses.  Imagine there are no barriers and that anything is possible. Now, write it down. Try to add as many details as possible about how your future life is different from your current life. This might take a few weeks of contemplation to decide — there’s no rush. After you have developed your 10-year vision, begin to consider behaviours that you can break into small habit changes. You’ll want to adopt these, weave them into your daily routine, and stick to them over time.

Gathering a broad base of knowledge is the first stage of the creative process — the more you know about a problem the more equipped you are to solve it. From there, ask yourself how you can do things differently to land on that perfect day. The goal is to develop such a clear focus that you become a master of your field. 

Create. Sustainable. Change.

Let’s really hone in on that focus. I’ve got another list of questions for you to ask yourself. Ready? 

  • How do you stay focused in other areas of your life? 
  • What does inspiration look and feel like to you? 
  • Where does your inspiration come from?

Inspiration: “the process of being mentally stimulated to do something, especially something creative.”

Small steps = big victories over time

Most people aren’t successful with their fitness goals because they start too advanced or try to do too much all at once. I encourage you to lower your bar for change and make your first step small but effective.

Tips for starting your fitness journey:

  • Go for a small 10-15 min walk 
  • Do some stretching
  • Eat something green every day
  • Try to limit your sugar intake
  • Drink more water

If you’re ready to start moving, I encourage you to start with my fundamentals course! This is the system I’ve used with hundreds of clients (and myself) as a beginner platform to springboard from. Trust me — if I can do this, you can do this. You just need a plan and a little creativity.

As always, if you need any support or have any questions, feel free to message me @jennamayefitness on Instagram or email me here.

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