Motivation moves in many ways.
Intellectually and emotionally I have few problems being motivated; physical motivation is different.
Trying to stay physically in shape and our best selves take dedication, patience and most of all continued discipline. How easy it is to watch another episode on Netflix, chat on the phone or play on the computer. I never have to look far to find an excuse to avoid exercise. Which is not to say I am lazy, I am not, far from it. Laziness and motivation can be very different beasts.
I can work all day straight, head down and never take a break when it comes to what fascinates me; taking an hour or an hour and a half class – which is just that, 90 minutes – can have me fluffing around all morning, all day even. I can miss even two or three opportunities as I deliberate which one I should attend.
Staying motivated to go requires commitment and isn’t easy for everyone.
I understand some women love a workout, live for it even, but not me. I wish I did but there is no point in kidding myself.
How do I stay motivated?
Finding the physical activity to suit you is the first hurdle.
I have found yoga; I love it so I am more inclined to practice. I’m not racing there like a devoted yogi every day but it is easier for me because I feel and see the benefits. The very simple reward of looking better and enjoying the flexibility and energy makes it easy for me to connect the dots.
Not every woman responds to the same type of exercise. Walking, golf or kickboxing might be your thing. The trick is to try different disciplines and work with what you enjoy; don’t knock yourself out trying to do what you hate. You will never keep it up or see results.
Don’t overthink. Just put one foot in front of the other and get where you need to be.
The “getting there” is 90% of the battle. Once you are out your front door and inside the class, the gym or on the walk the battle has been won. It’s unlikely you will run for cover once you start.
Monitor and reward the results.
Take note of how you feel. Are you stronger and more flexible? Are you moving faster? Do your clothes feel better? Even look better? That’s what happened to me; I had no expectations and suddenly I was feeling and looking different. I didn’t notice at first until my girls said something. The reward is increased motivation. I am so much more motivated to continue.
Take a break.
We don’t need to be motivated 24/7 and we are allowed to lose it every now and then. The answer is to accept it happens but understand it’s not forever and we will get our mojo back. The “getting back into it” is where we can falter. We miss one session, then another and then another. That’s ok. Missing is not permission to stop. It’s a break, a rest or a re-group. The way forward is to see it for what it is – a break and not a failure.
How do you manage? xv
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