If your like most people, then at some point in life you have probably contemplated getting in shape or you are thinking about it now. Maybe you are in the early stages of getting to the gym but the motivation isn’t there. Maybe you have been contemplating doing something completely unrelated to fitness but you still haven’t made that first step either. Well my friends, I am here to tell you the beginning of most endeavors are usually going to be the hardest. This especially holds true in today’s world, at least in the United States, where everybody wants immediate results without being willing to put in the work and wait for the results to show.
Being a personal trainer in Dallas, I have spent some time in the big name gyms and about 85% of those gyms revenue is being generated from members that don’t attend the gym on a regular basis. I have had a few ex clients who have purchased large personal training packages worth a couple thousand dollars only to use a few of the sessions in the beginning and I never heard from them again. The reason I mention these examples is they have one thing in common: The member or client quit shortly after they decided to get in shape. Do you get my point? If not, here it is. Starting out on an exercise program sucks in the beginning. There is no way around this and personally just knowing the beginning of the journey is going to be the hardest makes it a little easier to go through. Hell, one reason I named my business Fighting 4 Fitness because it is a battle for your health everyday whether you realize it or not. You are going to get frustrated and probably fall off the wagon. It is OK if this happens because it’s how you handle the adversity that matters. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day and the same holds true for your body.
There is a quite a bit of research showing that your chances of a desired behavior becoming a habit are greatly increased if that behavior is repeated for at least 21 days. This doesn’t mean you need to go to the gym or exercise every day in order for you to make exercising a lifestyle but it does illustrate that you need to be consistent and disciplined upfront if you want to greatly increase the chances of success. This is my challenge for those of you who are thinking about getting in shape or maybe you went through this in the past and you failed and are trying again. Whatever your circumstance, I challenge you to exercise at least three times a week for one month from the first day you start. At the end of that month, tell me how you feel because I guarantee you will notice a difference. If you don’t finish, get back up and try it again because you really can’t form much of an opinion on something if you only dabble in it. Stick it out for at least a month, your mind and body will thank you.