The Best Time To Start Getting In Shape Is Now

by Barry Hill
The Best Time To Start Getting In Shape Is Now



We’re all human.  We often have pretty good intentions.  We even tell ourselves, “Oh yeah, I’m totally going for a run tomorrow after work to start getting in shape.”  Then someone mentions the idea of a happy hour.  You stay strong.  But with a little peer pressure and the thought of a rooftop deck with a brew seems to overpower even our best efforts…all of a sudden the great intentions to slip on those athletic shoes and get the heart pumping  just left the building…without you!

So when it comes to simply start getting in shape, we should probably help ourselves out.  And it’s okay. We all need a little help or a lot to get started, NOW.

  1. Identify your good intentions (i.e. workout goals) and tell the people around you to help hold you accountable.
  2. Surround yourself with people who will support your good intentions.
  3. Seek knowledgable resources.
  4. Plan ahead for potential excuses. (Come’on, you know yourself pretty well!)
  5. Just take the 1st step…then another…then another…


(The following excerpts are from Inspire your FitBehavior.)

“I didn’t even start exercising until I was 37, and that was only after my wife of 13 years convinced me that I needed to start getting in shape. Seriously.” – Z Zsohar

“Over the years, I’d had poor experiences with personal trainers, especially those pushing a ‘no pain, no gain’ mentality. I had plenty of pain already! But as I started my weight loss, a close friend kept nudging me to go see a trainer he knew at a CrossFit gym. After six months of resistance, I agreed to at least try it out.”    – Admiral Bill Center

“During my early thirties, I worked for a real estate company with mostly older colleagues. They all smoked, ate too much and drank too much—and I was doing the same. One night, we were all out after work, and as I looked around the table, it struck me that if I kept it up, I’d eventually look just as unhealthy as they did. I could feel the beginnings of my own beer belly. That night I bought the book, How to Run Your First Marathon. The next day I started running and ended up hunched over, gasping for breath after the first block.” – Greg Klein

After some time has passed with your new healthy habits, those happy hours will be somewhat easier to refuse.  Perhaps you’ll even recruit some of your co-workers to go for a run or that hot yoga class with you.

The best time to start getting in shape is now.

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Sherie Venner (@trancingqueen) October 9, 2012 - 6:54 pm

Such an excellent video and post! I love this! “The best time to start is now”! Absolutely!

Ronae Jull October 9, 2012 - 7:48 pm

Yup, I’m one of those who has tons of good intentions. I’m finally accepted that I’m not a ‘work-out’ kind of girl. But what I’ve done is started walking every day and have realized such an enormous improvement in how well I feel!

Alexandra McAllister October 9, 2012 - 8:03 pm

Great post, Susan! I especially like #2 ” Surround yourself with people who will support your good intentions.” That is so important in everything one does…exercise, diet, business etc. The best time to start is now!! I agree!

Elizabeth Maness (@ElizbethLManess) October 9, 2012 - 8:08 pm

i love this! Plan the action and get help! Excellent!

Carly Alyssa Thorne October 9, 2012 - 9:47 pm

Plan, Support people defintely key…

Cathy Taughinbaugh (@treatmenttalk) October 9, 2012 - 11:06 pm

Love this! I love to run, ran a half marathon a couple of years ago, and then stopped. But now I’m back at it, just taking a few miles at a time. It is amazing what you can do, when you give yourself a change. I also love yoga and tennis, so am active and love being outdoors.

BarbaraJPeters October 9, 2012 - 11:28 pm

Great post. Love the idea of surrounding yourself with the right people , make a plan and just get started !

Terressa Cortez October 10, 2012 - 12:46 am

Love this article and it’s what I am doing right now !

Amy del Mar October 10, 2012 - 4:04 am

I agree with Alexandra – #2 is key for me. If I can combine being social with being active I can usually forgo excuses and take the step. Inspiring post!

Patsy Stewart October 10, 2012 - 1:16 pm

I loved the video!! We just have to get started!! I am inspired!!

Carolyn Hughes October 10, 2012 - 1:23 pm

Love a post that tells it as it is! Just get started sounds obvious but it’s great advice! Thanks

Rick Clark October 10, 2012 - 8:58 pm

Sharing this wherever I can. Thanks!

Sharon O'Day (@sharonoday) October 11, 2012 - 4:10 am

I have a walking partner all winter, so I power walk for an hour religiously, every morning regardless of weather. But in the summer I slack off, with a million excuses. Thanks for this well-placed kick!

lisafrederiksenbreakingthecycles October 12, 2012 - 3:04 am

Terrific video and post — sharing the video through my social media connections – love it!

pklysaght October 16, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Love this! I like #2 especially…creating that positive, supportive environment makes a huge difference!

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