Fitness Motivation

Getting motivated and staying motivated to do your fitness routines is something that differs from person to person.

If you find you are constantly needing fitness motivation then try to look at the things you like about it – not just about doing it but the overall benefits too.

  • The great feeling you get having completed your exercise
  • How it energises you
  • How it makes you look fit and athletic
  • Keeps your body healthy
  • Keeps your mind sharp
  • Reduces stress
  • Promotes better sleep

It does tend to be that the people who are already in good shape with their exercise need less external motivation than those who are still working their way through the transitional phase between starting and somewhere near where they want to be.

"The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do."

When you have been exercising for a while you have probably worked your way through all the hard phases and it is now a firm fixture in the your weekly and daily routine.  You probably don’t even question doing it – you just know it is going to be a good thing in the end so you just get on with it.  Even on the days where you really don’t feel like doing it you know that once you get going it will make you feel better.

A beginner can learn a lot from this – even though they can’t yet relate to it – look at what is happening.  The consistent exerciser knows that the benefits are really worth the efforts – yes it is easier for them in the respect that their bodies are familiar with it and more capable of doing it but that will have only happened later on in their journey.

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."

While we touch on that note – your exercise should be appropriate to your fitness level and therefore it will effect the experience you have.  If you try to work at a too intense level you will be probably not have as good experience as if you worked at the correct level for you.

It is fine to push yourself every now and then but it needs to be in an appropriate way – As a beginner you will benefit less from pushing hard.  Your body can only respond at a certain rate and punishing yourself in every workout will not necessarily translate into a quicker transformation. 

An appropriate workout should leave you feeling good – maybe a little fatigued but not battered.

For an experienced exerciser, it is more appropriate to push harder – your body and mind is set up to do it and can benefit more from that experience.

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."

What I am getting at here is that the experience you have with exercise forms your motivation to repeat it – if things go well and you feel good for exercising you are much more likely to want to do it again.

Therefore try to set yourself up to have the best experience you can.  You will then learn to enjoy exercise and the benefits will come more easily as you will be consistent and this is the biggest factor to success.

Being honest it is hard to get the balance right and as a beginner it can be easy to overdo it and be sore for the next 2-3 days.  Even with the best intension this can be unavoidable as your muscles are just not familiar with the exercise.  But that should only happen once or twice and then things will become much more controllable. 

What ever your level of fitness and no matter where you are on your fitness journey – learn to enjoy the exercise and the feeling you get from the exercise – this is your biggest motivator.  

  • Enjoy and reward the progress you make along the way.
  • Feel brilliant about what you are achieving 
  • keep heading forwards and make small positive changes at a time.
  • Be fair to yourself – don’t expect to build a toned sculpted body in a few weeks – enjoy the journey of getting there, it is as much fun as when you reach your goal.

 

You can do it.

"The good stuff is always worth the work it takes."

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