By Amy Marcos | Photo: Filip Mroz
Fitness journeys are different for everybody. Some reach their ultimate goals within a couple of months of beginning, while others slowly but surely reach their dreams after a year or so. Whatever the schedule, time period, or goals, there are a few crucial things that those embarking on a fitness journey must keep in mind before they start.
First and foremost, one needs to remember that setting realistic fitness goals is key to having a satisfying and effective fitness journey. Creating reachable and reasonable goals will not only make a fitness journey doable, but also satisfying once those goals are reached. Pledging to run a marathon after only a couple of weeks of training is one example of an unreasonable, unhealthy, and unsatisfactory goal for a fitness journey.
Additionally, before beginning a fitness journey, one must know that their body has limits and that they must regard those limits with respect. Regardless of age or weight, every person has a stopping point. Knowing that sometimes one needs to rest and recuperate before continuing their workout plan is essential in having and maintaining a successful fitness journey.
Having a legitimate, healthy reason to start a fitness journey might be the most important thing to know and fully understand prior to embarking on a fitness journey. If one is starting a fitness journey for reasons that are not healthy for themselves, such as extensive weight loss when it is not needed, or because of pressure from peers, they need to reconsider starting it.
Progress will not be linear in fitness journeys, and one should be well aware of that prior to embarking on one. One might be able to run a couple of miles one night, but fall short a few nights later. While it would be great if progress increased each day, fitness journeys do not work like that, which is critical to remember.
Lastly, an important factor to remember before embarking on a fitness journey is that everybody messes up sometimes, and that is okay. Some days, one will forget to grab their protein smoothie on their way out the door. Other days, one will eat one too many pieces of cake. Working out at the gym will completely slip one’s mind one day. Knowing that everybody makes mistakes and messes up is important to remember.
There are several important things to remember before embarking on a fitness journey. From setting realistic goals for oneself, to eating right, to taking a day or two off, fitness journeys can be a lot of work, but they are worth it.