It doesn’t really matter how we stay fit, but we owe it to our body to do something for it, regularly and continuously. As with many things, the most difficult part is always getting started. So how can you start your fitness journey?
This is the question I was asking myself just over a year ago. As a child and teenager, I used to go to ballet lessons and play volleyball. I am lucky in the way that I never had to watch my weight a lot. But as I stopped having a lot of physical activity due to uni, work, moving country and trying to balance everything, I felt like something needed to change.
So I started looking for possible options for myself. I wanted to be active several times a week, which already scratched a few things off my list because they were too expensive. These were mainly courses that you had to pay for every lesson individually, usually between $18-25 per class or course. If I wanted to take three or four classes a week, I would have to invest some serious money into it and I wasn’t ready for that.
Then there was the option to join a gym and go to the classes that were included. I tried a few gyms and their classes, but to be honest most of the classes weren’t that great and had way too many people in them. A lot of the time I was squashed into a corner and had to make sure not to hit anyone in the face when stretching my leg out to the back. So it was quite cheap, but not really what I wanted and I didn’t like having to stick to the times the classes were running.
Making a Decision
This left me with my last option to begin my fitness journey: Joining a gym and doing my own thing. The only problem was I didn’t really know what I was doing. Since I couldn’t afford a personal trainer, I started looking for possible apps to assist me. I came across Sweat With Kayla and decided to give it a go. It wasn’t free, but with $20 monthly affordable for me and I thought if I am paying for it I may be more serious about it. I also liked the option of training without any machines for days where I didn’t feel like going to the gym.
The First Weeks
As with everything, the first few weeks were everything but easy. I wanted to increase my fitness, but several strength trainings per week plus regular walks seemed like a rough start of the journey. The walks weren’t really a problem for me. I have an active dog and daily walks were already part of my daily schedule. Finding time to go to the gym three times a week was the tricky part. However, I told myself not to give up and it eventually paid off.
The app itself is easy to use. I like that it tracks your progress and shows you how far you still have to go to reach your weekly goal. This really motivated me to keep going, because to start with I often did not feel like exercising. I tried to photo option as well, where you are able to take photos regularly to see your progress. This didn’t quite work for me as I usually exercise by myself and to get a good image you would need somebody else to take the photo for you. As you can imagine, you may not always want someone to take a close-up photo of your cellulite.
My Personal Summary
Overall, I believe that the Sweat With Kayla app is an excellent option to start or restart your fitness journey. While some features may not always work for everyone, it gives you a great overview of what you should be trying to achieve weekly. Additionally, it lets you choose from different programs. It took me around two months to get used to everything and around four months until I actually felt like exercising (I know right!). At this point I started missing it when I had to skip my training. After one year, I cancelled the app and I have been doing my own program for a while now. I still follow basics from the app (one day legs, one day stomach, one day arms, stretching at the end), but I am allowing myself to be more flexible with the exercises I include. This is another good thing about the app: Since you repeat a lot of different exercises and also learn new ones every now and then, you actually start gaining a lot of knowledge. Now I just have to think “upper leg exercises” and a variety of them pops into my head straight away. Very handy.
Finding Your Way
I want to encourage you to find your own way and start or restart your individual fitness journey. I would also love to hear your stories: What have you tried? What worked? What didn’t? Have you noticed a difference since starting your training? For me personally, increasing my fitness has added a lot more balance to my life. I wouldn’t want to miss it. Sure, I still have a long way to go, but that is okay. As long as I am on my way.