The Starting Line of Fitness

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7 Tips for Success, at any Size

If you are standing at the start line of fitness and you don’t know where to begin, I don’t blame you. The most difficult time in this process is getting started. This is especially so if you don’t fit into the common “fitness ideal” sporting spandex short, shorts and bra tops.

Our health is a serious thing, how we look is secondary. How we feel is paramount.

Here are my 7 tips for managing your physical apprehension, mental fear and the peanut gallery upstairs.

Number One: Take a Leap of Faith
When we live in a society that often forgets about the specific needs of the plus-size audience, venturing into fitness land requires stepping through fear and taking a leap of faith. Take the leap. You are worth it and you will find your tribe along the way and when you do it will change your life. I promise.

Number Two: Do Your Research
This is your body we are talking about, priority number one. This calls for all hands on deck to find the best fitness resources available in your community. Remember, fitness professionals are working for you, so interview them and make sure they share your philosophy on what health and fitness looks like.

Number Three: Abandon what Use to Be
I often hear people talk about what they “use to be” and how they’re disappointed they “let themselves go”. Life happens. This takes up a lot of headspace; it’s time to put on your big girl pants and recognize that today is your new benchmark for moving forward. Don’t let the past drag you down because truthfully there will be many stages of life, all deserving of self love. Chronic, mental negativity generally doesn’t foster high achievement and success.

Number Four: START.
I see so many people stop and start and stop and start with hundreds of justifications, mostly fuelled by fear. People often don’t give themselves the gift of what could be possible and stop before the miracle happens; work, kids, traffic, often negates dedication to self. We are worth it. Here’s the thing, if you really, truly want it, then do it. The stop, start model is actually more labor intensive than just starting and mapping out a plan that works for you. Further on that, our kids don’t want to be the reason we didn’t follow our athletic dreams or otherwise.

Number Five: Get to Know Your Internal Banter
There’s often a sabotager inside our minds that for some reason doesn’t want us to succeed. Often it’s because it can sense fear and wants to stay safe. Get to know this voice but don’t buy in because this voice is the culprit for many dreams lost. When you hear it, bounce back with a positive thought, overtime your mind will more intuitively take the high road until the sabotager is silenced for good.

Number Six: Don’t Make it Global
There will be set backs and it’s ok. Don’t make it global. What I mean by that is this: just because you have one set back doesn’t make your entire being a failure. Tomorrow is a new day to kick ass. End of story.

Number Seven: Rise Above
If you don’t feel like you fit the “gym scene ideal” and you sense some judgment or surprised reactions to you rockin’ the fitness routine, there’s a reason. We can’t really blame people when the western culture and our media message excludes plus-size people from it’s message, making us invisible. It takes time, sometimes generations for acceptance of new ideas — So I am asking you to rise above any judgement or verbiage until the social shift catches up. You exercising with a body outside the “ideal norm” is revolutionary. You are a representative of changing times. Rise above and rock the Icon that you are.

You are a wonderful human being who deserves the best life possible. Exercise can be a striking, positive force and the vehicle to an endless list of benefits. So the question is, will you leap?

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