In my last article I went over 3 simple concepts that would help just about anyone who wants to jumpstart their fitness this year.
- Discover your motivation
- Tell the world
Let’s talk about motivation.
What motivates you to do anything? Usually we have a reason WHY we do what we do. We are motivated to eat because we need to survive. We are motivated to sleep because we know we to restore our body’s energy. We are motivated to go dancing because we love music and it sets our soul on fire. There are a multitude of things that we seek out because it makes us feel alive.
Then there are the things we know we need to do but it’s hard to get the fire going. The trip to the dentist, getting the car serviced, or getting out of bed at 5:30am for your morning workout. Yet, we know if we do these things we will stay healthy or be able to get to work.
Lastly, there are a few things we never, ever want to do and there isn’t any motivation in the world that can get us to do it. If you really have to do something you hate, man you really have to dig deep to get it done.
But for the things we need to do and drag our feet doing, there is a better way. Specifically when it comes to exercising.
We all know that working out is good for us. We all know we need to do more than we have been doing. Yeah, we want to believe that it’s only natural to get into worse shape as we age. But that’s not true. AT ALL. Watch Stanely Thomas, he is 94 years old and is motivated to get into the gym every day. Charles Eugster is rowing and working out at 93. In his TEDx video he goes into great detail about why an active lifestyle is key to living long and well.
More simply there are internal and external motivating factors that need to be addressed. Internally I know why I need to workout. It makes me a happier person. It gives me energy to get through the day and get things done. It helps reduce my stress, which makes life for the people around me easier. And I feel really great after a good workout.
Externally I want to be able to run at a decent pace. No, I don’t want to win my age group in a 5k but I want to break a sweat and feel accomplished. I want to be able to do a bunch of push ups and more than 5 pull ups unassisted. I want my body to look and feel good.
So, how do we get motivated? Some days I’m just burning to get it done and I do it. There are days when I need a buddy or a group to keep me on track. I hate letting people down or breaking appointments. Committing to workout with someone is key. Don’t let your buddy down. Be there for them and they will be there for you.
Do you need a reward? Is it something simple like accomplishing another mile on your run or finally doing regular pushups where you just feel good about doing it? Or is it a new dress that is 2 sizes smaller because you hit your goal? A nice weekend getaway after 3 months of consistent training?
You have to understand WHY you need this and you need to determine what you are getting out of it.
There isn’t an elaborate answer. It’s actually quite simple. Know your WHY. Know what you need to get out of it and get started.
What is your motivation? What is your WHY? Write it down and whenever you need a reminder of why you need this and why it makes your life better, read it.
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Dillon Kreider, ACSM-CHFS, is a nationally certified personal trainer, bridal fitness expert and owner of the Healthy Bride. Dillon has been helping brides and grooms lose weight safely, quickly and permanently while getting into the the best shape of their lives for over 10 years. Visit us at Facebook.