Motivation Monday: Finding your Fitness Motivation

I asked a group of people on my facebook page what they found their biggest fitness challenge to be, and most said finding motivation.  It's not always easy to motivate yourself to want to exercise.  Pick up an article or watch the news and almost every day you will hear a reason explaining why exercise is beneficial.  Yet, here we are with many people out of shape and don't know how to fix it.  You are the only one that can make the decision to change your life and get healthier.  No one can do it for you.  Unlike many things these days, there is no quick fix to getting the body that you want.  That first step is finding the motivation to get you going.  Odds are you want to be in better shape, but something is keeping you from doing it.

Sit down and get ready to find your motivation:

1) Write down all the reasons why you don't exercise.  Whether it be time, money, etc.

2) Then write down all the ways you can combat those issues.  One of my favorite NIKE quotes,"soembody busier than you is running right now".  It's true.  If they can do it, you can do it.

3) Next, write down the true reason you want to get healthier.  You don't have to share this with anyone.  But be honest with yourself.  Most people always say, I want to work out to be more toned.  What does that mean to you? Why do you want to be more toned or lose weight? Do you want to fit into a pair of jeans you haven't worn in years, are you newly single and want to feel more comfortable when you date, or maybe you want a body that everyone looks at and says, "wow".  There are no right answers here.  Here is a list of common reasons I have heard, this is just to get your mind flowing.  Remember to make it personal to you.

  • You're scared because your doctor said you have high blood pressure.
  • You're getting married or standing up in a wedding.
  • You have a high school reunion coming up.
  • You want to live your life without pain. (back pain, joint pain, not feeling fatigued running up the stairs)
  • You want to prove that you can look good at any age.
  • You want to run a marathon (like cubicle dad) or test your skills in a crazy race like a spartan race
  • You want to be able to keep up with your kids and grandkids.
  • Want that pre baby body back.
  • You want to gain muscle to develop more shape.

For me a lot of times my motivation is looking and feeling good in my swimsuit.  It was a competitive part of MISS IL USA.  I also don't want to look back at a photo shoot regretting that I didn't put the work in to have my body the way I wanted it.  (Because the pic will be there.  I do not photoshop my body).  The truer you are to figuring out your reason why you should exercise, the easier it will be to stick to your routine.

4) Next set a time frame to achieve your goal.  Be sure to make it realistic.  For weight loss allow yourself for about a 1-2lb. loss a week.

5) Set rewards for yourself.  You know yourself better than anyone.  Do you need a weekly, bimonthly or monthly reward? Avoid using food as your reward though.

6) Enlist help if you need it.  Hire a trainer if you need that time block in your schedule or have no idea where to begin.  Find exercise classes that have motivating and encouraging instructors.  (I love Nicole at Exhale Spa.  Every time I attend her yoga class I feel proud to leave.  She makes me feel good about my time spent in class and the work that I put into the class.  She is highly motivating and thoughtful).  Grab a friend and join them for a jog.

7) Stay consistent with your workout.  You will begin to see and feel results after that.  It is when we visually see results that we begin to relish in that feeling.  In turn we are motivated to continue on our journey.

Let me know if I can help you find your fitness motivation.  It's in there somewhere, its just a matter of finding it.

Have a fun and fit day, Chicago.


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