Getting motivated to exercise is always easy when you’re planning it for the future. That early morning workout at the gym on Monday is just what you need to get back on track. You may even be excited about it… right up until the alarm goes off and you actually have to follow through. It’s then you realize that all those things that motivated you a few days ago are suddenly nowhere to be found.
In the beginning we all have good intentions. We plan to go to the gym on Monday but when the alarm goes off we hit the snooze and doze back off. So, why does exercise seem great until we actually have to do it? For most people this is due to lack of motivation. We are looking for something to drive us forward and get us moving. Motivation can come from anywhere. If you are an athlete you are motivated by a desire to be the best you can be, and to compete and win. If you are an average person like me motivation comes from a desire to be healthy and live a long life. My daughter is my biggest motivation. I want to be healthy so I can play with my grand children.
The problem with motivation is that many of us believe it’s something that will come to us if we wait long enough…that someday we’ll wake up and finally want to exercise. Rather than believe in that fantasy, maybe we’d all be better off by realizing that motivation is something we create, not something we wait for. I believe motivation comes from different places – it’s not based on how we feel or even something we have to wait around for. It’s something we create for ourselves.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013