Find Your Why to Kickstart Fitness Motivation
By Erin McPherson, Assistant General Manager at Inner Element Fitness, B.S. Exercise Sports Science
It is obvious that you should exercise and eat right; however, taking the first steps to total fitness can be very daunting. Even if you’ve had many years of unhealthy habits, you can change your lifestyle. The most important thing that you need to start being healthy is the motivation and willpower to take it a step at a time. At Inner Element, we’re here to help you every step of the way!
Find the Motivation You Need to Kickstart a Fitness Routine
The biggest step in kickstarting fitness is deciding that you want to be healthy and that you are willing to get started. To kickstart the process, I recommend that you do not begin with the big picture of a 5k or focusing on a certain amount of weight loss. Instead, you should focus on the areas of your life that will benefit most from a fitness routine. Some people are motivated by being able to play with their grandkids more when they are in better shape. Some want to do more around the house, or with their friends. Others want to keep up at work. And most just want to stick around for their loved ones as long as possible. Find the “why” in your life that will benefit from a workout routine, and the “what” will flow from there.
Can Someone Who Has Lost Motivation Get It Back on Track?
Activities start to build up, especially over the summer, and you make a mental deal with yourself to skip your fitness routine now and get back to it “when time allows” in the fall. The problem is that the time never seems to become available, and you are back to where you started. Remember your “why” and make plans to keep your momentum rolling. Write down your goals and put them in a place you will see them every day. Start with a simple daily or weekly goal, and then work your way up to the long-term goals that will help you get back to the “why.”
What Are Other Ways to Maintain Motivation
A total fitness plan brings in all areas of your life that build on each other to reach the long-term goal. If you eat well and hydrate yourself properly, you will have more motivation and energy to work out. When you hold yourself accountable you can take little accomplishments and use them as motivation to move on to bigger actions. Don’t look at the big picture; take your fitness one step at a time. Add one serving of veggies, or cut out one bad food item a week. Build the habit of hanging out with positive people who can help motivate you to do well. See how they incorporate fitness into their lives, and set up times to do fun, healthy activities with them.
Is It Helpful to Use Other People or Celebrities as Motivation?
It is not helpful to compare yourself with others, as there will always be someone better or worse than you are. Instead of looking at your friends and striving for their accomplishments, study the habits of those you admire and take your nutrition and fitness cues from them. Use your friends for accountability and motivation. It can be particularly deflating to use celebrities as motivation. Some are paid for their endorsements or actions, Photoshop is used to “doctor” photos, and most have a lifestyle that supports their “miraculous” transformation. The only person you should really worry about comparing yourself to is you. Remember your “why” and look at how much progress you have made towards meeting your personal goals.
How Can a Fitness Class Help You Stay Motivated?
Getting fit should not be seen as some type of punishment for your past bad habits, but as a celebration of your future healthier self. Find a workout environment that is upbeat, look for coaches that are having fun, and go with a place that varies the routine to keep interest levels high. Even when you feel tired or down, make the effort to get to class. Most of my students find they feed off the positive energy of the trainers and other students, and feel much better when the session is over. If you stay by yourself, you might be inclined to make poor choices, but a group environment offers a place to share your concerns with others.
You have heard that “the trip of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Find your motivation “why” and let your journey begin!
Contact me today, and I’ll walk your fitness journey with you! At Inner Element, we specialize in motivation and I’d love to help you in your fitness journey!
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