I think I am like a lot of people when I say that my biggest problem I have with any fitness program is finding and keeping my fitness motivation. This is what always lets me down. After the initial excitement is gone, I can have a really hard time sticking to my program and remembering my motivation to lose weight and be healthy. Little slip-ups can have a catastrophic effect, sending me right back to my unhealthy habits and I start to see all my good work go to waste. Pretty devastating really.
Over the past few years, as I have become more interested in fitness and healthy living and determined that lifetime fitness is important for everyone, I have read a great deal about motivation, goal setting and achieving success, both in the context of fitness motivation and also general advice and business strategies. One common theme which comes up all the time is the process of dreaming big dreams, turning these into real goals and then WRITING THEM DOWN!
I have read more than once about a study that was done in a prestigious university in the USA where they asked students who had written down goals for their life. Every student had to record whether they did or not. They then interviewed the same group some years later and the ones who were richest and most successful were (of course!!) the group who had written down their goals as students.
Writing them really works! Defining a goal clearly enough so that it can be written down is really empowering – it becomes something that you can work towards. Without written goals it can be too easy to forget and chop and change as your mood takes you. With your goals written down you can always find fitness motivation as you are reminded of where you want to be and have something clear to measure yourself against.
For your own fitness motivation why not try writing some goals of your own.
First of all, you have to really know what your life goals are. Like, what would you really want to achieve if there were no reasons, why you could not?
What is it that drives you?
What is your passion?
If you can find out the answers to these questions and then ensure that your fitness goals are working in line with your passions and drive, then you will surely succeed. Why not try right now writing your goals for your life (not just this year) and then breaking it down into what can be achieved this year and what you need to do to get there. (Maybe a personal trainer to write a program to help you lose the baby weight so you can become a bikini model? – everyone has a dream!) If you can visualize how fitness will get you closer to where you want to be then you will have no problems at all in having fitness motivation for the whole year!
A great example of this in action is a friend of mine who has the fantastic goal of visiting one new country every year. She loves to travel and she gets so much enjoyment from planning and preparing her trips as well as the happiness she gets from the actual holiday itself. Each year she will have to choose where she would like to visit and what activities she would like to do when she gets there. One trip she could be skiing, or maybe jet boating and kayaking. On another trip she could be hiking for days or swimming with Manta Ray.
All of these require her to be in a good state of health and fitness. She uses this as her fitness motivation so for her exercise is never a chore. Its part of a bigger plan, part of something that she loves to do and more than, that its part of her life. Allowing her to live the life she wants.
Another example is a friend of my partner who is really into motorcycle racing. It’s his passion in life, it’s what he just LOVES to do. And it’s also his fitness motivation because he has to always be fit and lean in order to get the best times and race faster than last time. In his pursuit of another goal, he has a huge motivation for fitness.
If you can connect your fitness motivation to something that you are really passionate about then you will always know why you do what you do.
It’s going to be different for everyone, but if you have long term goals for your future and you know what you are passionate about it, then you will see that lifetime fitness is something that you need. You will see that you want to be fit and healthy because it helps with what you really love.
You don’t have to love running or going to the gym, but you do have to see that it’s going somewhere. That it’s worth it.
So go on – make some goals today, write them down, immerse yourself in them, see how fitness can help you to become the person you want to be.
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