The first step is often the most difficult. The initiation of movement involves facing uncertainty, challenging your fears, and being willing to step into an unknown, and possibly unfamiliar territory. If you've been struggling to find energy to get out of bed, dedicating to building a routine of physical activity might seem like a towering mountain; and that is okay.
We have five resources to help you through this transition until you can build the routines and experience the benefits of physical activity on your mental health. We believe in the power of physical activity, have read the research, and have seen the benefits first hand. We hope that by utilizing the resources below, you can find the support you need to stay motivated, active, and see a positive response in the way you feel each day.
We accomplish our mission by utilizing a three pillar approach, which we apply to the resources below as well. Operation RSF works to offer accountability, encouragement/motivation, and community to help you build the habits of a physically active lifestyle which has been shown to have positive physical and psychological benefits.
Depending on your needs, desires, and comfort levels, each resource can offer you something different while all help you to accomplish your goals.
1. The 4-Week Challenge: The 4-Week Challenge is a personal challenge to help get you moving. You are committing yourself to 4 weeks of being physically active 3 days a week, for 45 minutes each day. You can walk, run, ruck, swim, bike, lift weights, CrossFit, or do anything that increases your heart rate and gets you moving.
On the top of the 4-Week Challenge Bond you will see a place to fill in your initial purpose for starting, a place to sign at the bottom, and a place for a sponsor to sign. Use this form to help remind yourself why you started and to increase motivation on the difficult days.
Your sponsor should be someone you trust who is willing to come next to you and help hold you accountable, offer accountability and motivation, and help join you to give a sense of community if you're not ready to get involved in a public gym or club.
2. Free Resource Page: We have been compiling websites that offer free training programs and opportunities that you can use to stay focused while training. It has been proven that when you go to the gym with a plan, or approach training with a plan, you are more likely to accomplish your goals. Don't be the guy/girl who shows up without a plan and then proceeds to fiddle around for 10-15 minutes before leaving without so much as a shoulder shrug.
3. Visit a Partner: We have had gyms and coaches commit to supporting the mission of Operation RSF. If you are looking for a place to train, with a coach who understands the journey you're taking, then visit one of our partnering gyms/coaches. When you visit the main page of our website you will see an interactive map at the bottom. Type in your address to find the Partner closest to you. It is our vision to have Partners in every state, and multiple countries, so that whoever is in need can find the support they need nearby.
4. Operation RSF Virtual Community: If you are not ready to join a gym or local club, but still want to experience a community of like minded individuals who are on the same journey, then come join our Virtual Community. The community is a Closed Facebook group where Partnering coaches, and a mental skills coach, are available to answer questions about training and other individuals on the same journey are sharing their ups and downs in training.
5. Contact Operation RSF Directly: The staff of Operation RSF is dedicated to our mission in sharing our passion of physical activity, and exercise, to help control symptoms of PTSD. We want to make sure you have the support structure you need, whether that is encouragement/motivation, or a community of support. We want you to have what you need to get started and stay motivated.
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E-mail us directly, at Info@OperationRSF.org and a member of the staff will contact you as quickly as possible..
Whether you are starting your journey of using physical fitness to decrease symptoms of PTSD, you are already on your journey, or you have completed the 4-Week Challenge, these resources can be a benefit. If you want to give back after completing the 4-Week Challenge then feel free to join the Virtual Community and help others who are just beginning their journey.
If you are a gym owner or coach and want to know more about becoming a partner, visit our page on Getting Involved to find out more information.
Regardless of where you are on your journey, I hope Operation RSF has been a benefit to you in someway. We are here to support and promise to uphold our three pillars of accountability, encouragement/motivation, and community.
If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please take a moment to leave a comment below. Thank you!