Motivational Speaker Finds Easiest Path to Starting an Exercise Routine

I am proud to say that as a motivational speaker on health and fitness, I do walk my talk every day.  But it certainly didn’t start out that way!  30 years ago I looked at my total hefty stature and became defeated even before I slipped on my first leg warmer.  There was so much of me to work on and it would take so long to get this body in shape!  I just wanted to blink my eyes and have Jane Fonda’s body posing back at me in the mirror.  Alas, I trudged through a couple of weeks of VHS workouts and soon noticed a part of me that was taking shape: my shoulders.  I felt so good about them looking so good that it didn’t feel like drudgery and pain to pop in that tape and watch my shoulders improve!

That experience has prompted me to share with you the easiest first step to starting any exercise program.  I call it “Best Feature Fitness” and here’s how it works.  Pick one physical attribute that you are most proud of and improve on just that one feature.  That’s right!  Only one!

We usually identify our worst feature and become defeated just thinking about how long it will take and how hard it will be to get that “thing” in shape!  You’re absolutely right, it will take a while.  Defeated before we begin.

Why not start with, say, your shoulders, and work just them for a few weeks.  Seriously, forget the bodacious booty for right now and grab some 5 pound weights and do some upright rows, side raises, forward raises, and overhead presses and before you know it, that feature you already like will take on better shape, because A: it’s not a long workout and B: you’re not giving up and C: it was already a “strength” to begin with!

More good news:  you don’t have to limit yourself to exercising just body parts.  Consider other attributes like your natural flexibility, or your good balance, or your aerobic capacity, or your natural rhythm for dancing.  See what I mean?  All of a sudden you are giving yourself permission to go for the easier gains in the area of fitness, and allowing yourself to see quick progress with something that is already your strength…and getting stronger! YAY!  My experience was that by the short time it took for my shoulders to start showing definition, I was partway hooked into my time spent exercising and I was motivated to try working out in other ways.  Allow ourself the easy successes to spur yourself on to more levels of that mountain called fitness!

I hope this helps get you started or to stay with your fitness program!


In Health,

Polly Pitchford,

Rediscover the Healthy You!



Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. Thanks Polly –

    My goal has always been to walk out on stage and OWN IT – not only mentally which I have down, but physically which is what I’m working on now. I want to be that in-shape motivational speaker that people can see walks her talk. Sounds like you are already there! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • You bet, Marilyn! We don’t even have to be at any preconceived “ideal” weight to own that stage. Just feeling strong from a commitment to doing our best every day to keep our minds and our bodies as healthy as we can!

  2. Awesome!!! I LOVE this idea! Tackling this entire fluffy, puffy, flabby body looks like such a HUGE undertaking! But maybe improving my “not-so-bad” legs would be much more manageable! Think I’ll go for a walk! Thanks!

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