Hi friends! How’s it rolling? Hope your summer is living up to expectations. Mine rarely does until August, because that’s when I really tackle the summer bucket list before it’s too late. ‘No, summer, don’t leave yet!’ Why does it always take me so long to take full advantage of summer? No worries, I have plans planned. Huzzah!
Today’s Fit Dish topic is particularly fun, and I’m adding a motivating twist. Topics are always optional. Read all participation guidelines HERE.
My personal training certification studies are truckin’ along, and one of the chapters revolves around helping clients make lifestyle changes. They offer a series of questions to determine the needs of a client, and one idea that stood out to me was helping them answer a question like this:
What motivates you to workout?
What’s the final factor that gets you moving, even when you don’t feel like it? How do you get started when you’re just ‘Soooo, not in the mood.’?
Everyone faces this situation, even the ‘fitties’ (fitness fanatics), even me (actually, I feel this way before most workouts, but at least 3 times a week).
An overall workout builds momentum, therefore, getting started is the hardest part because there is ZERO momentum. The first 5-10 minutes are tough, possibly riddled with annoyance at the very act of having to move at all. But then, it gets better – endorphins start to release (feel-good hormones), cortisol levels drop (stress goes down), and our bodies warm-up, helping us feel lighter and/or less achy.
When I see or visualize my workout gear, I remember how strong I am – so much sweat, effort, work, struggle, and doubt has been lived through with those items. But, every time I take on a workout, I am rewarded with so much more than the ‘cost.’ After my workout, I feel so alive, so vibrant and happy. I feel powerful and capable. I feel proud. My head is cleared, or at least clear-er. My outlook is more positive. My dreams get bigger and more exciting. All these rewards come with me for the rest of my day. All, from one workout.
Workout gear is a symbol to me of vitality, power, energy, passion and love. Yes, LOVE. Moving your body every day is loving your body. Your body needs to move, and it will pay you back in spades for your efforts.
My motivation to workout?
Knowing how great it will make me feel, and how it improves my life, making me more capable to improve others’ lives.
I posed this question to my group fitness class, and here were some answers
- having a routine time, class, and/or workout schedule
- mental health, it makes me feel good, increases happiness
- to fit in my pants, and stay the same size
- to have more energy
- knowing my friends or instructor expect me to go
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts, because I know we can all help each other out! Getting moving is a challenge! How do you will yourself out of bed, off the couch etc etc? Do tell.
P.S. I have yet to use that selfie stick. It’s gonna require one epic workout to deserve a selfie with that industrial thing. Ha!