Before earlier this year I had only been on an airplane on one occasion. Well, two but one was only a quick flight up state. At any rate I was unfamiliar with the process and didn't remember it from years ago.
In May of this year I decided to go on a trip to a clinic so that I could better my skills in my profession. I was anxious about the pressure of the clinic, but I was really nervous and anxious about the flight and the airport process.
I didn't remember the procedures of the airport. How early do I get there? How should I pack? What should I wear to make travel comfortable and security checks easier? What was a security check like anyway? How do I know where my plane will be? There were so many things I was unsure of.
I searched all over the internet for answers and I came up short. I was more confused than before I began my search. One site told me this and another site told me that. So I began talking to people I know who travel regularly. This was a little more help but I still didn't feel ready for my flight. But the time came and I was up for the challenge.
By the time I got to my destination I felt like a traveling pro. All of my apprehension was gone. It was just something I had to go through. Before it happened the more I thought about it the more things I came up with to worry about.
After going through the process I realized that I made a bigger deal about it than I should have. I was way more worried than I needed to be. I just had to go through it cause no amount of research was going to substitute the experience.
This got me thinking about how stressful it must be to think about starting an exercise regimen for the first time. People go through this process all the time when they think about working out for the first time. There is so many conflicting views about the right way to work out and they’re all over the internet.
I know from experience that when people analyze working out too they end up holding themselves back. Often to the point where it seems so overwhelming that they never begin a program. Paralysis by analysis.
Before you begin to exercise you have so many questions and doubts. “Is it worth it?” “Will I even lose weight?” “How many sets do I do?” “Will I look like a man?” “Does this mean I can never eat the foods I want?” “If I’m told to workout 3 times a week wouldn’t 5 be better? I can’t workout 5 times a week I might as well not even try.”
The more you think about it the more impossible it seems to accomplish. You can do it, you can begin an exercise program. The same way I was wrong about how difficult airplane travel is, you are likely wrong about how difficult you think exercise it.
Stop over analyzing the whole process and just get to it. Talk with a trainer or someone you know who works out and you are comfortable with. They’ll be able to point you in the right direction and will see that it’s not as hard as you’re making it out to be.
Something is better than nothing and anything is better than racking your brain over the details. Just get your butt moving, you’ll see that while it’s not easy it definitely isn’t as hard or complicated as you probably think.