Trying to start an exercise program when you’re already overweight can seem daunting. It may seem like exercising and eating well come naturally to other people and that you just don’t have what it takes to get healthy. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Everyone loves snuggling up on the couch with their favorite foods. In fact, many would probably prefer to do that instead of taking steps to improve their health. Even the fittest people in the world love junk food and relaxation, but they have also learned how to indulge while maintaining their fitness levels. So, how do they do this? Read on to learn how you can adopt habits that will help you shed the extra weight and become your healthiest self.

Find Something You Enjoy

This is one of the most important aspects of maintaining a fitness regimen. If you don’t look forward to the type of exercise you’re doing, it’s very unlikely you’ll stick with it long-term. The best way to make sure you’ll commit to your new fitness plans is to find an activity you enjoy. Like being in the water? Try water aerobics. Enjoy nature? Try hiking or walking outdoors. Choose something that excites you. No matter what you do, just make sure you get moving and stay moving — any type of movement is better than lounging on the couch.

Find Community

There’s a reason why group fitness and diet programs are so successful: they provide community and accountability. Sure, you may want to keep your goals private to avoid embarrassment if you have a setback, but having a strong support system may help prevent setbacks altogether. A community of people that can congratulate you on achieving your mini goals and push you to keep going can help you accomplish far more than you might on your own. Finding a community is essential, whether it means joining a group fitness class at the local gym or joining an online fitness tracking community.

Give Yourself Time to Improve

No one is “good” at fitness when they first start out. It’s easy to slip up. It’s easy to miss a workout, and everyone does. Even the fittest people had to start somewhere, and even they can still make mistakes. The difference between them and the rest of the world is that they have developed habits that continuously push them toward their goals.

If you miss a workout or eat a couple of extra cookies, it doesn’t mean you are a failure — it just means you haven’t yet developed the skills needed to navigate these challenges. It’s just like riding a bike — the first time you try, you might fall. You might get injured, and you probably won’t enjoy the experience. Still, you try again because you realize that you simply need more practice to develop the skills needed to ride the bike. Realize that if you haven’t been practicing fitness and health for a long time, you still need to develop the necessary skills to excel at these things.

The initial starting point for you in your fitness goals may feel like the equivalent of using training wheels on a bike. You may start out with the training wheels, but with consistent practice, you eventually won’t need them. Once you remove the training wheels, you can endure longer distances. Make small changes over time that continue to build on one another. Before you know it, you’ll develop the skills needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Regardless, don’t beat yourself up for not being an expert in the beginning – no one is.

Whatever you do, just make sure you get started. Pick something you enjoy, and build on that. Any goal you set for yourself starts with the first step, so make sure you take it. Forgive yourself when you mess up, get back on track, and realize that everyone makes mistakes. It may be a long road, but health is truly the best gift you can possibly give yourself.

Sources of motivation may be hard to come by, but by abiding by these three tips, you will have the tools you need to get and stay committed to fitness. When you’re ready to push your fitness efforts to new heights, visit PumpFit Club in Fort Lauderdale! We offer high-intensity interval training sessions that are designed to keep your heart rate up throughout the entirety of the workout for maximum results. Join us today for a free class.