3 tips to boost your motivation to move
1. Define your why
Where: Your local health club
WHY: Fill in the blank
The other 4 W’s are pretty easy to figure out but the one we rarely think about Is the one that should be driving our motivation. Why do I need to be fit? Why do I need to improve the quality of my life? Why is it important for me to stress less? There a number of BENEFITS to exercise that I can list off that you’ve probably already heard. Lose weight, mitigate disease, rehab an injury, control diabetes, the list goes on and on. But why? Why do you want to set and reach your fitness goals that will ultimately have you experience firsthand the benefits of exercise? I will share MY why and after you read this, I want you to think hard about YOUR Why. Once you really sit and think about your why, that will strike up a bit more motivation to move!
My why has switched over the years. When I was younger all I wanted to do was show off in the gym and look good. That was many moons ago! Today, my number one why is my kids. I want to be strong, agile, energetic, and present for them. Being in good health by way of exercise is the best way I can make that happen. I have other reasons, but that’s my numero uno. I also want to feel good for me! Gone are the days of “showing off” in the gym and thank goodness for that! Today it’s about maintaining a healthy lifestyle to live this one life we have feeling the best I possibly can!
2. Watch the forecast
Not the weather. We live in New England, so nothing good can come of that right now! What’s your life forecast? Ok, I’ve lost you, let me back up. The number one reason/excuse/barrier that people give for not exercising is time. But if you take a look at your calendar, your day is dictated by what YOU have put in there. My 7 day forecast is filled with events, reminders, sports, social events, and to do lists. Does that sound familiar? What’s missing is the most important item: exercise. Carve out the time a week in advance. Look at your health club’s group fitness schedule and pick a class to take or set up an appointment with your trainer. Whatever it is you are going to do at the gym…put it in your calendar. This will help you plan for the weekly forecast!
3. Grocery shop with intention
Listen, I get it. I have 2 elementary school boys with packed schedules and both myself and my husband work full time. Sometimes I’m at the grocery store and with 2 kids in tow I feel like a zombie blindly throwing items in my cart just to satiate their hunger because they become hangry and FAST. That leads to horrible food choices and poor dinner planning which ultimately ends up with us ordering out. Boom. We have all eaten terribly and are weighed down and in no mood to move. To combat this vicious cycle, I plan 3-4 days of dinners and write down the ingredients I need to buy so I am prepared. I’m usually sliding into the driveway on two wheels seconds before the bus gets to the house then we hit the ground running with sports, events, errands (refer to my calendar in the above paragraph!) but now, dinner is ready to be cooked and we have avoided the cyclone of the vicious cycle of takeout and drive through, we are not weighed down by fatty takeout foods, and are motivated to move a bit more.
Change is not easy, so by starting small and making a few adjustments to help you start really thinking about what your routine is and what it’s missing, you are more apt to succeed. The go big or go home attitude doesn’t apply to fitness or leading a healthy lifestyle. Start small, and progress from there. That will be your key to success!