Welcome to my new column! This is my first one, so it’s fitting to talk to you about taking your first step (the most difficult step) to a healthier life.
That first step is different for everyone, but the importance is the same. That first walk around the block, first healthy meal, first steps into the gym … each of these things can be intimidating, but the rewards are too great to lose out from fear. Do it for yourself. The healthier you are, the better you will feel.
You can start small. It could be reducing the amount of soda you drink or the fried foods you eat. Before you know it, you’ll have completely cut out both of them from your routine. We all know the basic things we are supposed to do to be healthy, but integrating these changes into your life slowly is the way to achieve long-term success. Like anything else in life, it will take hard work and dedication, but if you stay consistent and hitting small goals you will be able to make these changes.
I write about small goals because that is what has worked and continues to work for me. I am a goal-oriented person; that is how I function and it keeps me on track for what I would like to accomplish. My first step reaches back to high school, when I walked into Nautilus and worked out on my own for the first time. I played baseball at Alton High, so I was no stranger to workouts, but going on my own was something I had never been comfortable enough to do. Once I did, I realized I had psyched myself out of it for no reason. The passion that sparked continues to grow and has helped me through my college years at Missouri State University, and it continues to fuel me now as a personal trainer.
The skills, positive attitude and confidence I have gained from that first solo trip to the gym have carried over to every facet of my life. My goal is to now help as many people as I can to make these same positive changes in their own lives.
All that is left for me to do is help you take that first step to a healthier life, regardless of what it is for you. I hope this first column for me will be that first step for you, and we can take the journey together!
Nick Adams is a certified personal trainer at Nautilus Fitness Center in Alton. He recently moved to Alton with his wife and trains at the same gym where he began his journey. Nick can be reached at NickAdams161@gmail.com.