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Health Matters: Taking the first step

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” ~ Lao Tzu
Reija Karioja, MSc.,R.Kin.,CSEP – CEP

Welcome to my blog! Every week I am going to be providing you with my thoughts, insights and suggestions about anything and everything fitness related!

It is fitting that my first post coincides with the start of a new year. Why hello New Year’s resolutions! Every January fitness facilities everywhere see a sharp increase in the number of people that walk through their doors. I liken this time of year to September when the kids start their first day of school. You know what I’m talking about – those big eyes, the anticipation, the butterflies, meeting their new teacher. Adults heading to the gym in January are no different, especially if it’s your first time or if it’s been awhile since you laced up your runners.

Starting something new is exciting but it can also be scary and overwhelming. As adults, the anxiety we feel about going to a gym is real – and no, it’s not silly or stupid to feel that way. We may think that we’re not going to fit in, that everyone is else is in better shape, that everyone else is skinnier, that everyone else knows exactly what to do, that people are going to stare at us. But let me reassure you each and every single person that you see started from the same place - by taking their first step. It doesn’t matter if this is your first, second, third or tenth attempt at starting to exercise - take a deep breath, walk into that facility with your big eyes and those butterflies in your stomach and begin that journey of a thousand miles with your first step.