Fitmark Ambassador Melissa Creal talks about finding what you enjoy.
Motivation is thought to be the missing puzzle piece for many beginners in fitness, but what about the veterans? I consider myself a veteran (not expert!) in fitness but let me tell you that yes, motivation does lack in our lives too. I have my days where I practically have to drag myself through the doors and trudge through a workout. I have days where I’d like nothing more than to lay around all day eating junk food. I too need a slap in the motivation department from time to time.
I may be the abnormal athlete as I compete in figure competitions, I train with CrossFit, I play co-ed intramural soccer, I run 5k obstacle courses, and the list could go on. I stay motivated by even changing which gym I go to. Currently I belong to two gyms and a CrossFit affiliate gym so I have no chance of getting bored. This may not be an option for some people, but simply changing the intensity of your workouts can be exciting. If I have a horrible day at work I know I’ll be on my way to CrossFit after work to get my stress out through one of their intense workouts matched with their heavy prescribed weights. If I’m dreading cardio, I’ll go to CrossFit on a day they incorporate rowing or running. I find I continuously have better workouts when I keep my body guessing.
The key to keeping motivation is to keep yourself guessing. We all look for the changes in our bodies, but what about our mind? If you keep out of a routine you are increasing your mind’s ability to adapt to the fast paced lifestyle we live now live in. I have found myself to become more focused and willing to take risks because of my fitness experiences. 3 years ago I would never have thought I would be comfortable on stage in front of people because of my fear of public speaking. Now, you can’t keep me off of a fitness stage or shying away from giving a presentation at work. Fitness can become a huge part of your life, but it will definitely become a lifestyle if you find your niche.
Realizing we all have the key to stay motivated and reach our dreams is something we all need to begin focusing on.
We hold the key deep inside us and we only need to find where we can fit that fitness piece of the puzzle in to our lives. Don’t give up. If you try something and do not like it, move on. Find something you enjoy doing and in turn your body, health, and mind will thank you.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013