A few years ago I headed on my fitness journey and I haven’t looked back. Sure I’ve had ups and downs, mainly when it comes to plateauing, but it’s the best thing that I have ever done for myself. I’ve struggled trying to stay consistent, but I’ve never fallen off the path longer than like a month. But still, I’ve come on leaps and bounds compared to when I started and I’m so happy I decided to go down this path.
If you’re here, then you’re most likely interested in starting on your fitness journey but want some motivation to get you started. Starting your fitness journey isn’t easy, it’s worth it beyond belief, but it is not easy. So by starting off with as much motivation as you can is a good way to go. I’ll be writing a ‘How to get started on your fitness journey’ post over the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled and follow me on my socials if you want to see when it goes live.
Anyway, you’re not here to read my ramblings so let’s dive straight in shall we.
ONE. It does wonders for your mental health.
I’ve always struggled with my mental health ever since I was younger, but heading on my fitness journey did me wonders. When I was in school I always felt so much chubbier than I was. I’d say I was probably a size 14 which isn’t even big, but I just felt massive. It’s only when I got into exercising that I realised that I was no where near as big as I had thought I was. Looking back, this is definitely the area that I’ve seen the biggest change for sure. And even though I haven’t lost LOADS of weight, I feel like I have. I’m now a steady size 10 so sure, going down 2 dress sizes is really good, but in my head the difference is night and day. How slim I actually feel is accurate to how I look, where as before I was so off.
So yeah, sure there was a physical change, but the change in how I see myself has improved the most.
TWO. You’ll feel more confident than you have ever done.
Like I said, when I was in secondary school I was never confident in my own skin. I couldn’t even wear shorts until I was 16 because I was so self conscious. I remember this one time, I went away with a friend of mine at the time to Great Yarmouth. It was the summer holidays, boiling hot every day, and I wore jeans and a massive hoodie because I felt so uncomfortable in my body. The thought of wearing shorts and anything even remotely tight made me panic. I look back and feel so sad that I was so insecure that I felt like I had to wear a hoodie to cover up. Or that I always used to wear shorts with a swimsuit (never a bikini because, well no way was that ever going to happen) because I was so insecure. It’s crazy the difference that a few years can make.
A couple of months ago, when we had those few random heat waves, the air con at the gym wasn’t working all that well so I took my top off and just wore my sports bra (x2, us big boob gals need that extra support). Sure if it wasn’t hot then I wouldn’t have done it, but the fact that I could and I didn’t feel icky still amazes me, especially when I think about that insecure girl on the beach with jeans and a oversized (XL) hoodie on.
THREE. It’s the best form of self care.
Knowing that you are taking time out and putting in energy to nurture your body is the best form of self care. Sure you can have a bath and paint your nails, but that feel good feeling is only going to last for so long. If you go on your fitness journey and stick with it for the rest of your life, then that’s how long that feel good feeling is going to last for. You’re putting effort in to focus and care for yourself, even when it’s not easy, it’s literally the definition of self care.
FOUR. It’s a great way to improve your self discipline.
When you push yourself to go to the gym even though it’s the last thing that you want to do, when you push yourself to finish your set no matter how much your body is shaking during those last couple of reps, when you push yourself to go out for a quick 10 minute run because that’s all the time you have, when you push yourself to do a home workout when you could be snuggled up watching a film, that’s helping you to improve your self discipline which is one of the most valuable skills you can have. If you can push yourself to get uncomfortable and active, then you’ll have no problem pushing yourself to get your other shiz done.
FIVE. Why not?
I’ve you’re still reading then you’re obviously considering starting on your fitness journey, so what excuse or reason not to start are you looking for? As long as you’re doing it for the right reasons and with the right self talk, then there’s really no harm in starting on your fitness journey (always make sure that you’re being careful with which ever form of exercise you’re doing, always stop and speak to a pro if you’re in pain). When it comes to starting something as daunting as heading onto the fitness path, it’s only natural to look for reasons not to do it because it’s uncomfortable and it’s wired into our DNA to play life safe. So if you’re looking for a reason not to start, you won’t find one at least not here anyway. Be brave and learn to become uncomfortable, as soon as you do you’ll be thriving with life.
SIX. Don’t not do it because you’re scared to go to the gym.
Maybe this will be a good idea for another post. It’s sad how many people talk about not wanting to start their fitness journey because they’d feel too self conscious at a gym, I just want to hold their hand and tell them it’ll be okay. Before I started getting into fitness, I was petrified about going to the gym. I thought I was going to be judged and stared at the whole time. After all, I wasn’t as fit as everybody else there and I had no idea what I was doing. It was only when I pushed myself to go that I realised that nobody cares. After all, I don’t pay any attention to others when I’m working out because I’m too busy, I got shit to do. If anybody is looking and judging, then that says way more about them (like they’re an ass) than it does about you, I think that’s a rare thing anyway. Everybody is there for the same reason, to better themselves.
PLUS, going to the gym isn’t the only form of exercise. You can play any sport, workout from home, dance, run, swim, practise yoga, there’s so many ways to get fit so pick one that peaks your interest and start there.
SEVEN. You will learn to appreciate your body.
Our bodies are machines. They can do so much more than we give them credit for. Think about it, like really think about it, our bodies are incredible. When you get started on your fitness journey you will see first hand just how amazing our bodies really are and by doing so you will learn to appreciate yours, not matter how it looks.
EIGHT. It may just change your life.
After all, it’s changed mine. I’ve learnt so much about who I am and what I’m capable of. I’m literally a different person to who I was 3/4 years ago. You may just meet the love of your life at the gym, you may make new friends, you may discover things about yourself that you never knew before. One thing is for sure, you will be so much happier, as long as you’re going into it for the right reasons and with the right self talk. I’m grateful for the confidence I’ve gained. It’s mental to think about what my 13 year old self would say if she could see me walking along a beach in Thailand in a bikini. I would have thought that you’d gotten me mixed up with somebody else.
I just want to say that I started on my fitness journey because I wanted to FEEL good. Sure, I wanted to look good too but that wasn’t as important as me feeling my best. Starting my fitness journey will always be something that I’m glad I did and would never regret. I’m stronger, healthier and more confident than I have ever been. There’s no good reason not to start your fitness journey, as long as you go into it with the right intentions for yourself. Don’t look at what you don’t like and what you want to change about yourself, look at what you want to gain and improve. Do you want to gain strength, gain a healthy body and mind, gain self confidence, gain a booty? Self talk is all about changing how you say things, spin it under a positive light and you can’t go wrong.
Keep your eyes peeled for my post about How to start your fitness journey.
Stop wishing for it, it’s time to start WORKING for it. Becoming fit and healthy isn’t going to be easy, nothing in life worth pursuing ever comes easy, BUT DANG IT’S GONNA BE WORTH IT.
You are incredible, the fact that you’re alive and have the opportunity to try and be more healthy is a blessing. The fact that we have the technology to connect with people all over the world is incredible. Remember, your body is a machine and there’s not much that it can’t do. Take care of it and it will take care of you.
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The comments below and my socials are always open for you if you ever want any advice, fitness related or not. I’m no pro but I will help in anyway that I can.
A hui hou, until we meet again