Beating the Beginning

“I am not in good enough shape to go to the gym.”

“I’ve gotten so out-of-shape that it hurts.”

‘Sound familiar?

Beginning a new exercise routine can be daunting.  Often, it’s not fun getting back on track, and we have to fight through our excuses to just get out there and do the work.  This is where we really rely on our mental toughness.  Getting motivated to go the gym can be the hardest part.

action start buttonHow to get into action

  • Recognize that you are accomplishing a challenge by taking on your new task.  Use positive self-talk.
    • Use your name or “you”
      • “You can do this work out.”
    • Take baby steps.
      • “Catherine, put on your shoes.  Catherine, walk out the door.”
  • Choose a quote that will help motivate you.  Write it down and put it up on your mirror or someplace where you will see it when you prepare to work out.  Below are some to chose from.

The beginning is the most important park of the work. – Plato

Practice yourself in little things, and thence proceed to greater. – Epictetus

It is by tiny steps that we ascend to the stars. – Jack Leedstrom

track start lineFacing it, always facing it, That’s the way to get through. Face it. – Joseph Conrad

The beginning is half the whole. – Pythagoras

The expert at anything was once a beginner. – Hayes

Comfort zones are most often expanded through discomfort. – Peter McWilliam

Work with Summit Performance Consulting LLC to get your exercise routine on track and reach your goals.  Contact us for a free consultation.

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