When should I start working on my fitness? It’s a pretty common question that I encounter as a trainer working specifically with plus size clients. Many people are worried when they first enquire that they might not be fit enough, they don’t have the right workout clothing or just don’t really know what they are doing yet so are unsure if now is the right time.
Guess what? Now is as good a time as any. There isn’t any need to wait for things to be perfect before you start the ball rolling. You don’t have to go bull-at-a-gate either, it can be a gradual start to ease yourself into it if you’re feeling a little bit nervous.
Now, if it’s been a while since you’ve done any exercise or if you have any health concerns that might impact your ability to exercise, make sure you book in with your GP to make sure you’re okay to start working toward a more active lifestyle. In almost all cases, they are happy for you to do something but it’s always a good to make sure and see if there is anything you should be particularly careful about.
Aside from that, now is good. Now is really good.
You don’t have to be fit already or a particular weight/size to get started – with a personal trainer or just doing something active yourself. The way to start building on your fitness is to start to increase your activity levels. Start with something you feel is achievable and would be reasonably comfortable doing – it might be a low impact fitness class, a personal training session or something as simple as a walk around the block. Start with what you feel able to do. Try doing it a few times. You’ll probably see some improvement fairly quickly if you weren’t doing anything previously. When you feel it’s getting a bit easy, step things up a little bit.
What you wear doesn’t really matter either as long as you are comfortable in it, you can move in it and you won’t overheat in it. There’s no need to go to the activewear section and buy anything specific. Whatever you are comfortable in is a great starting point. It is worth investing in good quality shoes if you can and seeking advice about the right shoes for your feet. Other than that though – pants, shorts, shirts, singlets – all okay! Dresses and skirts may also be okay depending on what you’re doing.
As for not being sure what you’re doing, you don’t need to know a whole lot to start doing something like walking. As your confidence grows you may like to branch out a bit more and seek information from a fitness or healthcare professional about how to step things up. Learning about your body and what it can do is all part of the journey – it can be kinda fun.
So, provided your doctor is happy for you to start working on your fitness, now is an excellent time to start. You don’t have to wait til Monday, next month or next year or even tomorrow. You can go out for a walk right now or hop up and do a round of squats. Now is good.
If you have any questions at all, make sure you pop on over to our Facebook page and sing out – I’m only too happy to help!