Motivation - Pt. 2 - Your "WHY"
If you tend to struggle in this area of exercise motivation, take heart! I’m going to provide you with some tips to help you stick with it and resist the urge to blow off your training!
Here are some questions you need to ask yourself to help you find your "why," which is unique to every individual. You need to be crystal clear on your ‘WHY” as it will help keep you focused and it needs to be compelling enough to help you stay motivated to do it, day in, day out!
One big question you need to ask yourself is…
"HOW BAD DO I WANT IT"
If you’re willing to do what you have to do to reach your goals despite the circumstances and you won’t allow excuses to take precedence over whether you exercise or not, you will succeed!
Realize that ‘BUTS’ are excuses. You can’t allow your feelings to vote, or let’s face it, few things would get done, especially exercise!
It is helpful for you to write out and list very clear and specific goals with deadlines and outline the reasons why you want to exercise
• Do you want to lose fat? If so, where?
• Change your body composition? What body part do you want to lose from the most?
Each of these requires a specific approach and this is why one size exercise program does not fit all.
What is your biggest motivator?
• Is it a special an event, perhaps a reunion?
• A vacation?
• To be more energetic
• Better health
• To combat diabetes
• To be an example for your kids?
• A new job?
• Wanting to be more active with your family (hiking, biking)?
• A fitness show or competition?
• To gain more strength; be able to do a pull up
If you want to improve your physical appearance, Define the look you’re after. Get an image of a former you or someone who has a body type you admire and want to emulate. Put it up somewhere where you will see it daily. Keep it before your eyes to serve as a constant reminder and incentive to help you stay focused, committed and inspired.
MY PERSONAL TOP REASONS TO EXERCISE
• Aesthetics; plain and simple! I want to look good, which in turn helps me to feel good in my own skin!
• Exercising improves my mood and helps me manage my emotions. My overall well-being is improved, thanks to the release of endorphins. It helps me combat depression and helps me to relieve anxiety and stress
• I want to be healthy and energetic!
• I want to maintain consistency in my body composition and bodyweight.
One statistic that specifically motivates me to weight train and may also help do the same for you is:
"Muscle and bodily functions start to decline at a rate of 2% per year after the age of 30! You can counter that and slow it to a rate of .5% with resistance training and a well-rounded exercise program. (According to research from the American College of Sports Medicine)."