If you’ve been following along for a little while, I’m sure you have heard me talking about meeting people where they are and building upon it when it comes to fitness. I go on about it enough!
Today I thought I’d give you a bit more of an idea about why this approach to fitness is so important to me. So why is starting where you are the way to go?
We are continuously bombarded with fad diets, new exercise crazed and images of the ‘thin ideal’. It’s a bit like there is only one way to be and if you’re not like that, you’re not trying hard enough. That’s certainly the message that is frequently portrayed in the media and in society at large.
I think that is utter crap if we’re being honest. There is a whole lot more to health and fitness than being thing and being able to do burpees. We’re all starting at different points. We all have:
- different bodies – shapes, injuries, limitations
- different fitness levels
- different circumstances
- different exercise histories (both from a physical and psychological standpoint)
So simply jumping into following the latest generic program or magazine workout just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, does it? It makes even less sense when you’re trying to get moving in a bigger body for what might be the first time in quite a while.
While your physical size in no way determines your fitness level or how far you can go with you’re fitness, if you’re really just starting out, you will likely struggle to some extent with some of the exercises in generic programs. We’ve all been there. Opened the latest Women’s Fitness filled with motivation, flipped to the workout section and realised you can’t realistically do half the exercises in it. Your joints might hurt, bits might be getting in the way or they might simply be too hard. Either way it can be downright uncomfortable and disheartening trying to do much of the generic stuff out there as a plus size beginner.
There’s nothing (at all!) to say that you won’t be able to build up to performing this workout in the magazine but acknowledging where you are starting from, starting to work from there and building on it, will result in a much more positive experience.
Why do we want to ensure you have a positive experience? Because you’ll enjoy yourself and you’ll want to continue to challenge yourself. You’ll have positive reinforcement that you’re doing an awesome job and making progress – which really is a great feeling.
A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts,
events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results. – wade boggs
Starting at a point that is too difficult and fundamentally unpleasant is really just setting yourself up to feel defeated. And it’s not really you, it’s the workout you’re starting with. I promise. There is absolutely stuff you can do. It just might not be that workout just yet.
All it often requires is a few modifications to make workouts more sensible for both beginners and bigger bodies.
Start where you are, wherever that may be, and build on it. You’ll be setting yourself up for wins, not disappointment and frustrations. We all want to win. Let’s make it happen!
PS – If you’re not quite sure how to get started on your fitness journey, make sure you pop on over to our Facebook page for a chat. We’ll point you in the right direction.