Fitness relies on motivation.
There is absolutely no reason anyone would repeatedly push their body to points of discomfort physically and mentally without motivation.
But how do you get motivated?
Right now you get up and barely have enough time to shower and get to work in the morning. No time to workout before work.
After work, you get home and are tired. Some dinner and the couch sounds great. Not gonna workout.
You watch a motivational video on Facebook.
You see progress your friend is making in the gym.
You hear about a deal your local gym is having on memberships.
All of these things briefly shine a glimmer of motivation in your eyes and get you pumped up for the day.
But, alas, the next morning you wake up barely remembering that motivation and realize it’s much easier to do nothing.
Maybe if you subscribe to a “fitness group” on Facebook, or your friend gives you some workout tips, or your gym has an even better sale — THEN you will surely be pumped up to start your fitness journey.
Time goes on and nothing changes. You simply cannot find true motivation.
Weeks, months, years. Nothing.
You do everything you can to find the motivation that will light the fire under you to TAKE ACTION!
And it will never come.
Because you have it backwards.
Let me tell you a little story.
One of my hobbies is mountain bike racing.
Although I ride in some capacity for the majority of the year, I train considerably less in the winter months and use it as an off-season.
When springtime comes and the first race is in site, I turn up my training regime.
Multiple rides per week, intense sessions, hill repeats, intervals, etc.
I always start my spring training on a certain week and when I see that week coming on the calendar, it is NOT motivating to me.
Pain, discomfort, barely being able to breathe, and fighting to get strength back that I had just a few months prior.
I don’t look forward to that and get motivated.
So why the heck do I do it?
Because I know how motivation works and it does NOT come BEFORE ACTION.
Motivation is the RESULT of ACTION.
After the first week of spring training I am a little de-motivated.
It’s hard. I feel weak.
But, I know better.
Weeks two, three, and four compound.
Every single ride pumps me up more and builds on my motivation and making me more excited to ride.
Because I know that every ounce of effort I put in is going to reward me going forward.
My motivation is predicated upon my action on the bike.
What Does This Mean To You?
It means START.
It means believing that motivation WILL follow when you put in the time to act on what you want to achieve.
If there is no possible way you can workout at night, set you alarm an hour early in the morning and workout.
If you find yourself glued to the couch at night, make certain you drive straight to the gym after work and don’t allow yourself the chance to not go.
If you can’t get out of the house period, find a workout routine you can do at home.
Stop making it your goal to find excuses.
Excuses are not hard to make. We can all make them and if you let them run your life you will NOT get where you want to be.
What if you made it your goal to find out HOW you are going to start incorporating fitness into your life no matter what? Even if it’s 15 minutes a few times per week.
Motivation is bred through action.
You are never going to find sustainable motivation to do something without jumping head first into doing that thing.
And doing it over, and over.
Stop waiting for motivation and start acting. Watch what happens.
If you need help getting your start I would be more than happy to help you.
Send me an email right now at: JwaltersPT@gmail.com
I answer all emails and truly want to help you in any way I can.