If you would rather start by yourself, there’s things you can do outside or at home. Running, jumping rope or exercise with our video challenges. The downside: you need to motivate yourself entirely; there is no trainer or expensive subscription that drives you to it. The upside: easy to fit in your busy schedule and it doesn’t cost that much money.

Discover the sport facilities in your neighborhood
Maybe you didn’t notice, but there are a lot of different types of workout places in your neighborhood. When I started my fit journey, I was a bit lost. Hitting the gym didn’t work for me and I had no idea what else to do. I asked my friends about their experiences and learned there are so many things to choose from. Also all the variations of familiar sports that I didn’t know of. For example, my best friend is crazy about Bikram Yoga. It’s a routine of yoga poses and breathing exercises, but what’s different  is that you practice in a room that’s really really hot. It’s really intense, but the atmosphere is very ‘zen’ and she always comes out stretched and relaxed. If you would rather do something really active, there are many high-intensity sports to choose from. Bootcamp lessons in the park, an hour of Insanity and a tough Crossfit ‘Workout Of the Day’ really challenge you physically and mentally. Plus you’ll never have the same workout. There’s a great variety of moves and exercises that alternate. Boxing, Taekwondo or Karate are really focused on mastering techniques.

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone
At most sport locations you can try a lesson for free or they offer a trial period for a special price. That’s an awesome way to find out if a sport is for you. It can be difficult to go there by yourself for the first time. You could take a friend with you if that makes you feel more comfortable. Go there once and if you feel like you want to come back within a day or two, it’s probably a place where you could feel at home after a while. When I first started working out publicly, I felt a bit stupid because I didn’t know what I was doing and didn’t have any strength at all, but it helps to remember: everyone started out somewhere. It’s important that you can be yourself when you workout. You don’t want to have to think about how you look when you are busting your ass off. So choose a place where you feel welcome, but do not be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. Every beginning of something beautiful can be a bit overwhelming or scary!

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