How to Overcome Fear and Do Well in Your Fitness Plan

Fear. It’s one of those things that will cripple someone and keep them from even attempting to reach their goals. You have probably felt it before. You worry about getting injured, about whether or not you will look silly, do everything correctly, or if you will be able to reach your fitness goals. Stop! All that fear is just getting in your way and keeping you from becoming fit. It’s time to face the fear and use some tools to overcome it.

You are probably familiar with the famous line delivered by FDR, when he said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” It’s true! You don’t have to fear all the other things. What you should be afraid of is being afraid because it immobilizes you. It will keep you from reaching your goals and becoming fit.

So just how do you go about overcoming the fear so that you can do well in your fitness plan? As a personal trainer, there are several things that I like to suggest to my clients who need to get past the fear to get fit. Here are my top three suggestions:

Create a vision. If you can see and think it, you can make it happen. Some people even create a vision board, which is helpful in helping to overcome fear and obtain goals. Every day think about what it is that you want and focus on that, rather than focusing on what you don’t want, what can go wrong, and all the barriers. Just keep the vision in your mind of what it is that you want. If you want to try the vision board method, just take a small bulletin board and fill it with images that you want, such as running, working out, images of health, inspiring quotes, etc. Then be sure to look at it daily.

Make a decision. Fear keeps us idle. It prevents us from going forward and making a move. It’s time to make a decision that you are going to move forward and make fitness a reality. Take some time to think about and write a list of what all getting fit can do for you in your life. Then make a conscious decision that you are going to leave behind the fear and move forward to obtain fitness.

Practice daily. To be fit you need to make fitness a daily practice. By doing this, you will achieve your goals and working out will become a habit. Once you have made physical activity, working out, and eating healthy a daily part of your life, it will become as much of a part of your daily routine as getting dressed, brushing your teeth, and checking the mail.

I know that getting started with a workout routine can be scary. I see it with many of the baby boomers with whom I work. But don’t let that fear keep you from being fit, which will add years onto your life. Face the fear, push on to reach your goals, and enjoy being fit!