DonkeyHave you ever felt so overwhelmed by everything you think you’re supposed to do that you decide to take a nap instead of even trying?

Or maybe you feel like there are too many choices to make before you begin. Or perhaps you think everything has to be perfect before you take that first step.

“Paralysis by analysis.” It’s a legit condition and it even has its own (albeit in need of clarification) Wikipedia page.

I’ve been there. In fact, I’ve been there for the past week or so.

I know for a fact a lot of people get this feeling when it comes to fitness because they tell me about it all the time. They decide to start working out and suddenly are faced with an overload of information about what they should do, how and when they should do it, and also how often. It’s intimidating! Why would you want to start something new when, according to the “experts,” you’re going to be doing it wrong anyway?

Seriously: Is cardio bad or good (it’s a controversy!)? How hard and how often should you work out (another controversy!)? Are you doing the right strength-training exercises and are you doing them properly (another controversy!)?

Overwhelmed …

Personally I’ve set some pretty big goals for myself this year. Not necessarily in terms of my own workouts but in terms of the number of people I’m able to help feel and move better through their own workouts. I love training people one-on-one AND I want to help even more people find their inner groove through their outer movements.

So I’ve been studying, learning and generally cramming as much information into my brain as possible. That means taking classes, listening to podcasts while I’m doing housework or driving, reading tons of books/articles/blogs and just generally immersing myself in how to make my goals happen.

And that made something as simple as writing this blog post a big deal. You’d be surprised (or not) how complicated all this can be. Is the post SEO-friendly? Should I include a list of tips, because those posts are so popular? Do I have the proper tone? Am I conversational enough? Is the ratio of the words “me” to “you” appropriate? Do I sound like an “expert”? And there’s way more, but I don’t want to get into it because I might hyperventilate. (Right now I’m worried the use of the word “ass” in the headline is off-putting, but isn’t that donkey in the accompanying picture adorable enough to offset it?)

Today I decided: screw it. I’m writing a blog post because I want to write a blog post. It doesn’t have to be perfect. And also, I find that if I am feeling a certain way, someone else must be feeling that way too.

And now back to fitness

So how should you (re)start your fitness routine? (Because we’re always starting something new, aren’t we?)

Pick something you enjoy (or don’t hate). And do it. It’s that simple. And do it today, not next Monday. It doesn’t have to be a big deal.

You’ll feel better for starting, trust me. Cuz I feel better for writing this blog post. (Oh, and I had no idea I was gonna plug this when I started this post, but if you want a little motivation, join my Spring fitness challenge, which requires no $$ or equipment, but only 15 little minutes a day. We have a private Facebook group set up and it’s going to be fun. You can sign up here.)

And here’s that list I promised in the headline.

Top 2 Ways To Get Off Your Ass and Work Out

1. Stand up.

2. Go for a walk (or dance or bike or lift or do lunges and pushups).