Have you ever felt this way? Sometimes I’ve gotten so caught up in having the perfect diet and the perfect workout routine that I end up just getting overwhelmed and doing nothing, or always saying, “I’ll start on Monday”. When, the truth is, it’s not the perfect workout program that will make a long term difference, but rather the consistent, small habits that make the biggest long term difference.
The first step I always encourage people to take is to do just 30 minutes of intentional walking a day. I remember after having my babies feeling so discouraged because I could not even run for two minutes straight. The fear of failure paralyzed me and I knew I had to break past that fear. I started with tiny micro-goals. I began by just walking to the stop sign at the end of the street and back. Once I felt comfortable doing that I started walking the loop around the block. Once I felt comfortable with that, I started slowly alternating jogging and walking in between street lights and progressed from there. But, I never would have continued progressing if I kept failing at the “perfect workout”. 30 minutes of walking alone won’t get you ripped and shredded but it sure is an awesome place to begin.
My point here is that small changes make a big difference in the end. Small, daily changes eventually become habits. And from those habits you will gain confidence and see changes in not only your physical progress but your thought process.
Don’t let the fear of failure or the search for the new fad workout paralyze you. Get started today! 30 minutes of intentional walking, even if is broken up in three ten-minute segments throughout the day can make a big difference. I believe in you.