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Depending on who you are, it can be both overwhelming and downright scary to start a new workout regimen or try to get started with working out at all. What is the biggest obstacle you face with getting started? Sometimes mine is procrastinating in getting to the gym. But working out is really important to me, so I navigate through my obstacle in order to reach my goal. You must figure out what your obstacle is and work to overcome it in order to achieve your goals, too.

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Here are some things that can help you push through your obstacle and get started. They’ve helped me, and I hope they’ll help you, too!

Pray! God gets me through my workouts. I pray through it all!

Embrace the challenge. In other words, don’t let fear hold you back. Be positive. You’ve got this!

Be patient. I’ve heard that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, and at least a month before you start noticing change. So have faith, stick with it and please don’t quit!

>> Read more: The Science Behind Forming (and Kicking) a Habit

Don’t compare. Try not to compare yourself to others. Remember, this is your journey.

You are never alone. There will always be someone else who is or has been where you are right now. 

Make a plan. Remember that saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail”? It couldn’t be more true! Plan your workouts. Plan your meals. Plan to see results! 

Be thankful! You have the ability to work out, but some people don’t. Don’t forget to give thanks for your blessing.

Getting started with your daily workout, starting a new workout regime or working out for the first time can sometimes be overwhelming, but it can also be super exciting! Face your fear, embrace the challenge and move forward knowing that you are moving toward a stronger, healthier version of YOU!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” — Philippians 4:13