The Key to Staying Motivated

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One of the most common fitness questions is, how do you stay motivated? It’s hard to wake up every morning and go to the gym, it’s hard to stay committed to your diet at parties, it’s hard to be fit! I completely understand these struggles.

Motivation is your why, and it is so important to know what your why is. It’ll help you when I share the key to staying motivated. Your motivation comes from a desire to change your life and achieve your health goals. So what is your initial motivation for health and fitness? What are your goals? Why do you want to be the best version of yourself? For me, it’s about living healthy and setting an example for he people around me.

Everyone in my family has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high blood sugar. All of these can be improved through regular exercise and a balanced diet. The attitude of the people around me is, I have blank condition so the doctor put on blank medication, and that’s it. I believe food, exercise, and sunshine are the best medicines so those are the ones I take. I am in control of myself, my body, and my life. I am not a slave to doctors, drugs, or preventable premature death. I choose to live healthy to avoid the consequences of living the standard American life of obesity and disease. I am motivated by the alarming statistics about the mortality of the people in this country, even young people. That’s my why.

But I have also discovered the secret to staying motivated no matter what the circumstances. And this secret could be the key to achieving your health and fitness goals. Are you ready for the serious knowledge I’m about to drop? It could change your whole life, so if you’re not ready, I understand. They key to staying motivated, to achieving all of your goals is…discipline.

Ha, I’m sure you want to choke me right now, but it’s true. In order to achieve anything it’s about discipline and self control. Here’s the reality, you are never motivated to do something all the time. You’re probably not always motivated to clean your house or go to work or even hang out with old friends. Your motivation isn’t the problem, your need for motivation is the problem.

You can combat this with disciple. If you have scheduled your gym time every morning at 6:00, it becomes part of your routine, and you know you need to wake up to get yourself to the gym. It isn’t about what you want to do, it’s about doing what you need to do. There have been several times I have woken early when I intend to sleep in. I could lay in bed until my alarm goes off because I’m unmotivated. But because I am the master of myself, I get up and get a workout in.

The final piece to this trifecta of success is encouragement. Here’s the thing, we all sometimes need a little push in the right direction. Have you ever heard a perfect quote right when you needed it? That’s the encouragement I’m talking about. It may be a quote, a picture, or just the politeness of stranger that can change your outlook.

I typically allow myself a couple days of rest when my cycle begins. But just this month, on my first day I was watching Whitney Simmons videos, and felt so encouraged to get up and go to the gym. Even thought I already planned for pain, bloating, and misery, a Fit Tip with Whit, got me off the couch and on the treadmill.

It’s very important that you find your initial motivation so you know why you are working hard to develop healthy habits and self control. Next, establish the discipline necessary to persevere through the lack of motivation that you will inevitably face. This is something everyone in our world needs more of in several aspects of our lives, not just diet and fitness. Finally, get some encouragement. It can be from YouTube, Pinterest, your accountability partner, or a quick google search of the mortality rate of people in the developed world. The point is, find your purpose and get to work.

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Embracing Resistance

This post is part of the GenFit program, an online fitness course designed to help you meet your health and fitness goals. After reading this, if you are inspired to take charge of your life, to become fitter, leaner, and stronger, send me a message and I’ll tell you more about the program. GenFit is a place where I share even more ideas to help you achieve your health and fitness goals; and comes with a small community of people to help encourage and support you on your journey. Are you ready to be the best version of yourself? 

Hopefully by now, ladies aren’t still afraid of weight lifting. All of the Instagram models and fitness YouTubers will tell you the value of lifting weight. For so long women left the lifting to the men while focusing on crude. I’m not going to downplay cardio the way some fit girls will since I’m running a half marathon soon. But I will tell you, pretty much everything is improved by adding some resistance training to your routine.

Resistance training can come in a lot of forms. The one I recommend starting with is bodyweight exercises. I think they’re good because,

  1. they can be done at home: Sometimes going to the gym when you’re new to fitness can be super intimidating. That’s why I recommend doing things at home first, you’ll get used to being in your own body and making it move certain ways.
  2. they can be done anytime: If you’re working out at the gym only, you amy be super busy and have to skip a day or two. This can totally throw off your schedule. Once you’ve messed up, it’s often hard to get back on track. But if all you’re doing is bodyweight exercises you can do them on commercial breaks or while you’re waiting for water to boil.
  3. they allow you to focus on form: Bad form can lead to serious injury. A lot of people are tempted to lift heavy even when it’s too much. This causes compromised form and injuries. for those who dial it back a little, can focus on having correct form and firing the correct muscles. Form is one of the most important things in your training.
  4. they’re cheap: Lifting your body is significantly cheaper than a gym membership and it’s cheaper than buying weights at the sporting goods store. I was tempted to say you’re cheap, but I thought that might offend some people.
  5. they tighten you up: I remember the first day I stepped out of the shower and saw cellulite on my thighs. I was horrified! I’m in my mid twenties and childless, why did I have cellulite? It isn’t just fat, it’s the hard to reach fat hanging out below your skin; it’s much harder to just burn off with some running. It requires a toning and expansion of the muscles below. Doing bodyweight exercises creates lean muscle which helps move that ugly cellulite out of your beautiful body.

Since we’re on the topic of tightening up I also want to mention that muscle mass burns more calories than fat. Here’s the deal, more resistance training = more muscle; more muscle = more calorie burn (even at rest); more more calorie burn = more calorie consumption. The reason gym rats are always eating is partially because they are in the gym six hours a day, but also because all that muscle is burning fuel faster. So if you’re like me, and want to eat, embrace the resistance.

I wrote a lot in this post about bodyweight training because i think it’s the best place to start. But resistance training can also include a lot of toys:

That last one is a little funning but it goes to the final point I want to make. Fitness happens everywhere, not just the gym, not just the kitchen. Do a couple overhead presses before you load the washing machine. Do a few squats before you open a case of water. Do some curls before putting your almond milk back in the fridge. Resistance training can happen everywhere.

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