‘Motivation’ has got to be the number one word I hear when discussing fitness and exercise with people.
“I just don’t seem to have much motivation.”
“You most definitely have more motivation than I do.”
“How do I get more motivation so I can actually get into shape for once.”
Today, we will be discussing five easy steps you can take to gain more motivation to get up off that couch and start exercising.
Nope. Sorry, folks. There is no magic formula to getting more motivation. I sure wish there were one because I bet I could make a million dollars or more if I could bottle it up and sell it.
The truth is that motivation is not an outside force. It is not something that you acquire. It is not a trait that just a select, elite group of people have. It is not reserved for athletes and those with willpowers of steel. Motivation is not something you can buy online or in a bottle.
The truth is that each and every person has the potential to have amazing motivation. The level of motivation you have is based on how much you BELIEVE you have. I know, that sounds all touchy-feely. It is true. You don’t have any motivation to exercise because you don’t believe or think you have it.
What do you do then? How do you get the oomph to exercise when you REALLY don’t feel like it?
Well, I’m going to borrow a cliche here…you ‘fake it till you make it.’ The best thing to do to develop motivation is to do what you know you need to do (ex. eat right, exercise, etc) despite how you feel. You dive head first into what you brain knows is best. You follow your logic and not your feelings. Yeah, it will stink at first because you will have to fight relentlessly against those strong urgings to quit or not even start. Take your feelings or lack of motivation out of it.
Weight Loss = exercise + calorie deficit
C = A + B
So, you know you have to get to the gym or out the door for a jog. You know you need to eat better. Then do it!!! Forget that little voice saying, ” *Whine* But, I have no motivation!”
“SILENCE!! Foul Beast!”
You won’t ever get anywhere if you depend on the elusive motivation. It comes and goes like the wind. Do what you KNOW you must do to make a change.
And guess what? You start seeing that a change is happening. Getting up each morning and shopping for the right foods will get easier. And the next thing you know you actually have the motivation to keep going!! Voila!! Where did that come from?! YOU made it happen by not falling victim to your feelings. You took control.
Motivation can be yours. You just decide to take it.