When meeting new people in social gatherings, the question of “What do you do?” usually comes up. When I say “I’m a personal trainer,” I always get the same response:
“Yeah, I need to start working out.”
Every. Single. Time.
That phrase, “yeah, I need to start working out,” is one that many people say to themselves, especially at the beginning of the year. But the mere thought of working out can be so daunting, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed and lost in the details.
Will I need new shoes? What is the latest exercise that people are doing lately? Do I have to join a gym?
It’s much easier than all of that. Just start walking. That’s it. Just put some shoes on, if you live in a colder climate, wear a coat. Just start walking. As personal trainer Calvin Huynh says:
“The same people that tell me year after year that they can’t lose weight are always the same people who refuse to walk because they think it won’t do much.
Trust me when I say walking is a game changer. It’s the first doable habit for many people to start losing weight. And if you do it consistently, it helps you burn a lot of extra calories to aid with fat loss.
Never underestimate getting your daily step count up.”
The most important part of the above quote is: walking is a doable HABIT. Maybe after you build in the habit of walking 3-5 times per week, you can make one of those walks into a short workout, or a yoga class, or a heavy bag punching session. Or maybe not. The important thing is: movement becomes a habit.
Walking is something you can do right now, today, this moment, to start building better habits this year. One good habit builds into the next and the next and the next. Changing old habits and creating new ones doesn’t have to be a daunting task. It’s as easy as putting one foot in front of the other.