I have recently had many people ask me, ‘how do you always have motivation to exercise?’ so I thought I would write a little blog post to hopefully shed some light on motivation.
Motivation is ‘a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way’. When thinking of having motivation to train, most people believe it is waking up every morning, excited and determined. Yes, most of the time I feel this way and the reasons I believe for this are:
1) I have found a genuine love for exercise (Both resistance and cardiovascular)
2) I love the way I feel after I have finished my session
3) It not only makes my body feel better, stronger and more functional, but it also clears my mind
4) After having a baby recently, I love the way it makes me feel I am taking the time to look after myself
5) I love seeing improvements in strength and cardiovascular performance
6) I like to feel good in my own skin
However, there is no secret to being motivated, motivation isn’t always there. Some days I wake up and I really cannot be bothered. I don’t want to put my gym kit on, I don’t feel like pushing myself or I don’t feel like moving off the sofa but I do it, regardless of what my mind is telling me (disclaimer if you are ill/injured you should listen to your body). I could find a million excuses and just sack it off, but I don’t, I push on through, do the session and don’t look back. It has become a habit! This is key! Once exercise becomes part of your lifestyle and routine you will do it regardless. Like I always tell my clients, I know many of us may not feel like doing it but I don’t know anyone who looks back after a session and thinks ‘I wish I didn’t do that session’, but we are more than likely to wish that we did it.