In order to be successful in any type of goal, motivation that drives you toward success. The same is true when it comes to getting healthy and fit. Your motivation for your fitness journey is the primary determining factor on your success. No matter what your goal, whether it’s to have more energy, lose weight, lower your blood pressure or just feel good again, your motivation is the key. It should be something that’s important to you. There’s no right or wrong motivation, as long as YOU feel it’s important.
I ask clients what their motivation is and some are reluctant to give me the true reason they want to get into shape.
It amazes me that people are often concerned that their reasons for working out aren’t good enough. I’ve had some people that said they wanted to get healthier, but in reality, they just wanted to look fabulous at their class reunion. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. The desire to look good and feel desirable is perfectly legitimate. The fact that you get healthy while doing it is just a bonus. Each motivation requires a different way to measure progress, so being honest with yourself and your trainer is important.
Success is measured differently for each type of motivation.
What constitutes good health? It could be blood pressure numbers, cholesterol numbers and even your weight. What makes you look great? Taking body measurements and weight is the easiest way to check for success. Identifying your motivation means that you also identify the perfect way to measure that success. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers for motivation. It has to be important to you.
Once you get into a routine, look for more motivating factors.
It’s often hard to stay motivated for long, especially when all the reasons you’re working out are so far down the road. That’s why finding motivating factors that you can experience immediately is important, too. Some of these motivations include how great you feel after working out or how stress seems to melt with every exercise. Each time you workout, look for benefits you’re getting right then. It can be as simple as feeling stronger each time or accomplishing one more set or using heavier weights. Those motivations can help you keep going until you start seeing the changes that motivated you in the first place.
- Studies show that people who focused on immediate motivators, such as feeling good after working out, plus had important motivators that got them started, such as weight loss, were more successful.
- Newton’s first law of motion—the law of inertia—says a body in motion tends to remain in motion. Remember that throughout the day and take all opportunity to move more frequently. It makes going to the gym easier.
- If you’ve had a stressful day or are experiencing stress at the moment, do something physical and see how much better you feel. Feeling the stress melt helps build the motivation to stick with a workout program.
- If you’re having difficulty finding motivation, get a workout buddy. Knowing someone is waiting for you is motivation to workout. It’s one reason people are more successful when working with a personal trainer.