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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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