I have a friend who constantly tells me he wants to get healthier, lose weight, and start exercising more. While I don’t usually don’t get my hopes up, I’m always positive and give him some advice and even add in a little motivation as well. But, nonetheless, he always seems to get stuck planning to get healthier rather than actually executing on it.
Let me explain.
My friend is super interested in cycling — which would be a great way for him to build healthier habits. He’s constantly searching for cycling jerseys, sunglasses, water bottles, bike computers, etc., instead of just going out for a ride. He spends more time planning what he’ll ride in and where he’ll ride instead of just going on a ride.
Like most people who are trying to get started, he spends more time planning and preparing than doing the actual activity that will make him healthier.
This type of mental hurdle isn’t uncommon. Most people looking to get in better shape will generally experience some sort of ‘analysis paralysis’ — a state of overanalyzing or overthinking a situation so much that it causes you to become “paralyzed” in making a decision. This state of mind will limit your ability to take action instead of just doing it.
From runners to people simply aiming to look or feel better — there are millions of options or choices when it comes to shoes, clothing, watches, and equipment. It’s tough to know where to start.
And that’s totally understandable. But I don’t think it should be a reason to stop you from starting in the first place.
The best place to start is always with what you have. You don’t need any fancy running shoes, clothes or gadgets. Just put on your favorite pair of shoes and do it.
The first time is always going to be uncomfortable. No amount of planning, purchasing, or prepping will prepare you for that. There’s no substitute for just doing it.
Heck, some people even run barefoot and enjoy themselves!
The beauty of running is that you don’t really need much to get started. A pair of shorts, a tee-shirt and a pair of shoes will do the trick. Sure, it might help to have a nice pair of running shoes down the line, but they’re not required.
We’re all born with the innate ability to run without anyone teaching us how. And more importantly, without any expensive gear, gadgets, or gizmos.
Don’t get paralyzed by searching for the latest shoes, shirts, or gadgets. Just go out and run. Eventually, better gear may help. But don’t let the lack of it be what stops you from getting started in the first place.