Can you move? I mean, can you move at all? If the answer is “yes”, then you can get fit…no matter what your age or your present limitations. The biggest mistake generally made in fitness is thinking you have to be fit to start an exercise program. That’s like cleaning your house before a housekeeper comes over. It’s just not necessary (well, maybe for some housekeepers, but not someone I would use).
Fitness is efficient movement and the only way to get there is to start. No matter where you are on your path, to get anywhere, to accomplish anything, you have to move. It doesn’t matter if you’re crawling, hobbling, walking or running. Just start.
That’s what I want to help you with. The first step is…well, the first step. You have to know you can, or even imagine yourself doing “it” — whatever “it” might be. I can’t do it for you, you have to do that, but I *can* provide the means and motivation.
Get up off the chair, sofa, or bed and move. Make that first step, then push yourself a little bit more each day. Before you know it, you’ll be feeling better, sleeping better, and even develop better eating habits. Your energy improves, your mental attitude becomes much better, and you become more productive.
Give it a shot. Just move.
2 thoughts on “How to fix your biggest fitness mistake”
I so need motivation I have gained an ungodly amount in 3 years
Hi Kelli. I’ve sent you a personal email in response to this comment. I hope you live here so that we can talk more extensively, but if not, we can still talk and, hopefully, get you moving. Not knowing your lifestyle, medical history, experience, and a few other factors, it’s difficult to recommend any definite course of action. I would like to talk with you, though, to find out a few things, then can recommend a beginning course of action.
The biggest factor is your mental attitude and perspective. Healthy movement should be as much a part of your life as eating and sleeping. You can do effective exercises while watching television, listening to music, and some even while you’re reading. You don’t have to be passive. We can talk and figure out how we can incorporate exercise into your daily life.
Examples of what I’m talking about:
1) a grandmother has to take care of her grandchildren one to two days a week. She does squats while she’s playing with the children — they’re her “kettle bells”
2) a client now does lunges while she vacuums, side lunges while doing dishes, before putting away groceries, does a few curls with the grocery bags, etc.
3) another client spends a lot of time in the car with his job. When he’s at a light, he does pelvic tilts (also tightening his abdomen) to help strengthen his back and modified rows (pulling shoulder blades together and releasing) while lightly holding the steering wheel.
Hope this is a start for you.
These are just a few things that may seem like they’re not exercises at all, but do a LOT to make a difference. And you’re being *active*.