How to break the starting barrier before training?
“The perfect moment to start investing in yourself and get better is now” – how many times have we heard this message in one way or another but with the same principle – now, now and now. There is only one mistake in the sentence and it is related to the beginning of the sentence – there is no such thing as a perfect moment. It’s fiction, something we say to ourselves to reject or avoid feelings of disappointment and shame if we do not succeed.”When I have the good shoes” – “When there will be no test load” – “When the stress at work calms down” – “When I have the desire”. It’s very easy to indulge in the inner voice that says “I don’t feel like it,” or spend hours online researching the best bike, the ultimate running watch, or the perfect Pilates instructor. These are actions that give us the illusion that we are taking the intention to start training seriously, but in practice they are just more traps for procrastination. There is no shortage of explanations and excuses we provide for ourselves so as not to do anything. If you want, and without too much effort, you can always find a reason not to get up an hour before the run, or why not go to an after-work yoga class.

How do you break the starting barrier?

So far everything makes sense. Because what to do, the desire and enthusiasm comes after we have started the activity, and not before it. We are all familiar with the sense of satisfaction and enjoyment that comes after we have completed a task like cleaning the house, arranging the closet, or after vigorous exercise. Often, the feeling of the “after” is better than our feeling during the activity itself. So how do you break down the barriers that make it difficult to get started?

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  1. Do not rely on your willpower
    If all it takes is willpower you would have started and persevered long ago. Willpower is a limited resource. It comes and goes and can not be relied on for a long time, ask anyone who has tried to quit smoking or dieting only through willpower.Instead, make exercise a habit and a ritual, something you should not think about too much or negotiate with yourself over and over again. And so, even if your willpower is not really strong on a particular day, the habit and commitment you have built will make sure you do not miss a workout.
  2. Connect to-why
    Ask yourself why you want to start training, what do you want to achieve? What is your goal?Do you want to lose weight to feel lighter? Do you want to live a healthier lifestyle? Do you want to make time for yourself without distractions? Do you want more energy? When your why is clear you will be more motivated to act, and the “how” of the action will be less critical – running, swimming, cycling, Pilates, yoga or fitness. Choose the exercise that suits you best, not what you think you should do or what is popular today in tic tac, and do it with your whim in front of your eyes.
  3. Start basic
    In the perfect Instagram world everyone looks amazingly modeled, but you do not need the best shoes to start running nor the most modeled gym, or the fastest bike. What matters is simply doing. It is also okay to try different types of activities to figure out what works best for you. Once you connect to the activity and get used to it, you can upgrade yourself accordingly, if you wish.
  4. Put it in a diary
    Success does not happen by chance, it happens on purpose. If you do not close time in the diary to practice it will not happen. Be sure to include exercise at times that are optimal for the activity, for example, not after a big meal, or too late in the day when you are already tired.
  5. “The smallest act is better than the greatest intention“, John Borus
    The heaviest weight is the gym door, the most challenging running track is the way to your front door. Once you have overcome this obstacle, everything else will be easier, but you still need to build the habit for yourself. The best way is to start small – not only do you not have to run 10 km right away, it’s enough to start with a run of three kilometers three times a week. Yourself as someone who practices.
  6. Lower the expectation threshold
    Be forgiving of yourself. Obviously you will not be able to run a half marathon right away, or you will easily do all the poses in the first month of yoga.
  7. Time does its thing
    Get started with the knowledge that it will not be easy for you at first and with the understanding that like everything else you have done in life, with time and perseverance you will improve.

    Yoga trip (Photo: Machekhin Evgenii, shutterstock)

    Machekhin Evgenii, shutterstock

  8. Do not compare yourself to others
    Even if you have lowered your expectations, it is easy to fall into the trap of comparison with other exercisers in the gym or on Instagram. Do not do that. The only comparison you need to make is to yourself a week ago, or a month ago. When you measure your progress in this measure, it will increase your motivation and encourage you to persevere.
  9. Sign up for a group or find an activity partner
    While it does not help to compare ourselves to others, training with another person will increase your sense of commitment – if you do not feel comfortable running away then you will have no choice but to show up for training. Coaching with friends is also an opportunity to strengthen the bond with someone you would like to meet more and not get out on.Alternatively, sign up for group training – the sense of community will give you more motivation to come to training, and you will be able to lean on team members in difficult moments.

    Talia Shachar, mental trainer for athletes


By Editor

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