I was showing a friend of mine some exercises to help her overcome a nagging back issue.
It was a new exercise and it was hard for her. She was struggling but she got it done.
All the while, though, she kept apologizing for being “bad” at the exercise.
“I’m so bad at this!” She kept saying.
It’s not the first time I’ve heard this. Often new clients go through the same mental struggle when they begin a fitness program.
So I want to say something…
When you start training, you’re going to be “bad at it.”
It’s going to be uncomfortable. You won’t knock it out of the park on day one. You’re going to make all manner of mistakes.
And that’s because you’re learning.
The very act of getting better at something means making mistakes, messing things up, and trying to do a bit better the next time.
Just because you aren’t great at something the first time around doesn’t mean you can’t do it or you weren’t meant to do it or any of the other silliness that negative voice in your head tells you.
And even once you’ve been exercising for a while, times like that will still come up. You’ll constantly be making mistakes. You’ll constantly be readjusting things and trying again
Because that’s how you get better.
So if you’re on the fence about starting to exercise right now because you “don’t think you can do it,” try taking a different approach.
Sure, maybe you can’t run a kilometre right now…
But could you take a walk around the block every day?
Sure, maybe you can’t do squats with weight right now…
But could you do a few squats to your couch and back up again every day?
Do you see what I’m getting at?
You don’t start off doing something perfectly because that’s not the point. If you were already perfect, you wouldn’t need to exercise.
But you aren’t perfect.
No one’s perfect.
And that’s ok. No one has to be.
You just have to start somewhere and try to be the teensiest tiniest bit better every day. And stick with it.
And eventually, one day, you’ll be doing things you never thought you could do before.
So if you haven’t started, START! Somewhere. Somehow. With whatever you have. Make the best of it and keep going.
If you need help figuring out how to best get started yourself, stick around. There’s a lot more to come that’ll help with that. :)