Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Finding Motivation

Working out isn't always easy, even I will admit that. I workout 6 days a week, but there are definitely those days when it's a struggle to find motivation to do so. I'm only human. I have bad days at work, or I might get into a funk when we have a bout of bad weather. I think that in order to keep exercise in your life, you must tap into a source (or multiple sources) of motivation. Here is a list of motivators that I turn to. They are in no particular order.

  • Motivator 1 - Look in the mirror - I know, sounds vain, but try it. When I see the results of all of my hard work, it makes it easier to keep up with the hard work. When you lift weights, you can see your muscles growing, toning up, and taking shape. 
  • Motivator 2 - The boost of energy I get after a workout. I may be tired and cranky, but if I can just get moving, I feel so much better. It clears my mind. When you're working out, it's harder to dwell on the bad day. In some ways, cardio has become my medication. I will admit, it can be addicting.
  • Motivator 3 - I run because I am able. I run, but I do not consider myself a real runner. I have never experienced a runner's high. Usually I have to force myself to get going - psych myself up for the run. Once I get going, I do typically fall into a groove. While I run, I focus on how strong my body is to allow me to run when so many others cannot. I run to feel a sense of accomplishment.
  •  Motivator 4 - I read the workout posts from my friends on Cathe Friedrich's forum. I check in with a group of ladies who have the same ideas regarding exercise and healthy eating as I do. One of the ladies who posts also has Multiple Scleroses (MS). When I see the workouts that she does, I am embarrassed to whine and complain about being a little tired or just not "feeling it" that day. If she can do it, I need to shut up and get to it.
  • Motivator 5 - To inspire others. I hope to be a positive example to others. I have been inspired by friends, strangers, unbelievable stories of courage and strength. Why not try to do the same for someone else?
When people decide they want to jump on the exercise band wagon, I think it's important that they be realistic. Don't set unrealistic goals, like lose 10 pounds in a week or run a marathon within a month. Find both internal and external motivators to keep you focused, especially on those days when you really would rather go home, curl up with some ice cream, and do nothing.

What motivates you???