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One of the biggest things that hold us back from changing our fitness habits is fear.

don't be afraid to start fitness journey

Fear effects every single one of us. But a lot of people don’t acknowledge this. It’s easier (and less embarrassing) to hide behind the excuses of ‘I’m too busy,’ or ‘I’m too tired’ than admit you’re actually afraid to start.

But it’s okay to be afraid.

It’s just not okay to hide behind that fear your for your entire life.

Remember this: everyone starts somewhere.

Even the person who looks like they’re naturally successful walked into the gym completely clueless in the beginning. Even the weightlifter who can max double what you weigh started off light. And even the models or fitness gurus you follow on social media used to be everyday people.

Truthfully, you have to stop looking at everyone else and their success as a determination of where you stand or measure up.

You have to stop feeling frustrated when you can’t jump from day one to years down the road. And you have to stop holding yourself back from starting because you don’t think you’ll be ‘good’ or ‘strong’ enough.

You’re not supposed to start off in a perfect place; it’s the practice that makes perfect.

And even as you move forward, you’ll have ebbs and flows, good days and bad days—but you’ll keep coming back and working hard because fitness isn’t something you do once. It’s ongoing.

Sometimes we get in our heads about the things we haven’t done. Whether it’s a class we haven’t tried, a studio we haven’t joined, a time we haven’t committed to, we focus on the negative thoughts rather than encouraging ourselves with self-love.

Because we haven’t tried something, we automatically tell ourselves that we won’t be good at it, even before we give ourselves a chance.

But you can’t be afraid to start—that’s where your journey begins.

Everyone has a fitness journey, a health story, a path to success. But if you don’t push yourself to get there, if you don’t believe you can, you won’t. You have to believe in yourself enough to sign up for that class time, put on those gym shoes, wake up to that alarm, and walk through those studio doors.

You have to believe in yourself enough to know that even if you’re not exactly where you want to be right away, it doesn’t mean you won’t be eventually.

And you can’t be afraid to start right here, right now.


Marisa Donnelly

Marisa is a full-time freelance writer, editor, and fitness enthusiast located in Ocean Beach, San Diego. She is the author of the poetry collection, Somewhere On A Highway and founder of Be A Light LLC, a remote writing coaching/tutoring/editing services company.

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