Where should you start your Health journey?

I often hear this question: 

"Where do I start? Where do I go to get started?"

At this time, there are endless amounts of information available to a person. 

One simple Google search can produce enough confusion to keep your head spinning. 

Don't believe me? 

Exhibit A: Google ANY politician. 

Case closed. 

Health, Fitness and Nutrition is no different. One site will sing praises for a certain exercise while another screams of its dangers. 

So, what's the difference? 

You. 

YOU are the difference. 

If I were to use Michael Phelps schedule, it wouldn't work for several reasons. 

  • He's a tall dude. I'm an average height girl.

  • I have PCOS and have had 3 children AKA Sensitive Hormones. (I have no knowledge of Mr Phelps' hormonal health because, frankly, it's none of my business)

  • He's been training for the Olympics... I'm... not. Though I'm pretty sure that potty training is still pretty intense. 

I could go on but you get the point. 

We're ALL different and that's why it is difficult to find lasting results when we stick to "cookie cutter" plans.

So where do you start?

The Doctor.

Not THAT Doctor... though that wouldn't be a bad idea either. ;)

I'm serious, though. Everyone should go to a doctor and find some basic answers before approaching a gym, personal trainer or online guru. 

Through basic bloodwork and exams, a quality doctor will be able to tell you:

  • If you have any pre-existing conditions like

    • Heart Disease

    • Diabetes

    • Injuries

  • If your goals are realistic and healthy

  • If you need medication to help your body be healthy

  • They may even be able to direct you to a Registered Dietician to help you develop a food plan based on your special needs. 

 

So many people skip this step and it's frustrating for me. They spin their wheels but they are barking up the wrong trees. 

After you seek help from a doctor, it's important to keep your standards UP! 

Who do you think will help you get in shape while staying healthy and successful: that girl taking "Sweaty Selfies" in the gym bathroom or the Certified Personal Trainers?

Please don't say Sweaty Selfie Lady. 

Sweaty Selfie lady may have a rockin' body. But most of the time, she lacks the education to help you safely. 

I'm not saying that ALL Personal Trainers are amazing. That's a completely different blog post. I'm only saying that a Certified Trainer has access to the knowledge and education to help you move forward. 

To recap: 

First step, see a doctor and get clearance for an exercise program. 

Second, keep professional and find someone who knows HOW to help.