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You’re going to suck (and that’s fine).

The health and fitness industry is full of crap. That’s probably not fair, it’s also full of some fascinating, engaging and insightful individuals — but there is a lot of filler.

What is maybe more true, is that it can be an overwhelming place to start finding information or answers. That’s often because in reality - whether you’re trying to eat better, find ways to relax, or develop your fitness levels — there are seldom any hard answers when trying to figure out something as complex and integrated as the human body.

The conundrum that leaves us with, is in my opinion one of the largest barriers to fitness or health there is.

Where do I start?

At the end of the day it’s up to you — and should be directed by what you hope to get out of the experience. Your goals and objectives are valid and unique, so don’t be shy about letting them inform how you take you first steps.

A quick search online will bring you no end of treatments, tutorials and routines, they all for the most part, have some value but often get bogged down in the hair-splitting of names and terminology, and of course the big one: trying to sell you stuff you don’t need.

Broadly speaking a little extra knowledge is rarely a bad thing, at least to begin with it shouldn’t matter all that much where you get it from. There is of course something to be said for having a system in place, a practice, or routine, but it shouldn’t define you any more than your gym membership or hairdresser (or lack of either of those things) does.

If I was to give any advice it would simply be this: start.

Find something you’re excited about and begin. You’ll pick things up as you go. You can’t always guarantee you’ll get things right the first time, or that you’ll always have the best information on hand, but that’s part of the learning process. By this time next week, you’ll be more informed then you were today and that’s more valuable than anything else. Go slow, find your comfort levels and then begin trying to expand on them.

Don’t take it from me (nearly) all the experts agree — sucking at something is the first step toward being really good at something.

Or as Bruce Lee put it: “Research your own experience; absorb what is useful, reject what is useless and add what is essentially your own.” (Tao of Jeet Kune Do, 1975)

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