I get asked a lot what motivates me to exercise. It’s a great question, and over the years I’ve realized what motivates me doesn’t necessarily motivate someone else. So I decided to ask my participants, “What motivates YOU to exercise?” Hopefully you’ll get some new ideas to help keep you moving. Read what they said below.
“Workout for your loved ones. Why not aim to be the most healthiest version of yourself for those you love? I want to be around for a long, long time AND I want to be physically strong and healthy while I live and enjoy life’s activities.”
“I look at exercise as a way to benefit my heart and soul, not as a punishment. In an age of extreme pressure placed on women AND men, to look a certain way and be a certain size, all joy is removed from keeping fit. Get out and move, and see your physical and mental health improve, as well as your strength and mobility.”
“Try the ‘Buddy System’. Find a friend who is wanting to get fit, and do it together. Some mornings it’s super hard to get up, but if you have a friend counting on you–it’s harder to skip out. Plus a friend can sometimes help push you harder than if you were to go at it alone. With that, surround yourself with people who have similar habits or goals. It helps to hang with those who want to be more healthy too.”
“Food is here for your enjoyment, and even treats occasionally. I exercise to make sure I can enjoy that treat AND my slim figure.”
“Tell yourself you can do anything for 5 minutes. Once you hit that 5 minutes, push it to 10, then 15. By setting small goals, you’ll amaze yourself by achieve great things. Inch by inch, it’s a cinch!”
“Try new things until you find your true (exercise) love. I really keep it fresh by mixing up my routine– with workouts on YouTube, exercise DVD’s, hitting the gym, going for a hike, but not doing the same type of workout each day. This is actually better for your body in the long run, and will help you avoid burnout.”
“I keep up a photograph of myself at my best, and it helps to remind me of what I can be. My picture helped me keep my long term goals in mind from day to day.”
“I hang a beautiful dress I wants to be able to wear in my room, where I can see it each day. It’s another way to keep my goal constantly in mind.”
“I love the website called EveryMove. It has a point system where you plug in your workout and earn points. Once you reach certain amounts you can get discounts to various places or, with every 500 points earned they donate $1 to Make a Wish. Knowing that I’m helping, even in a small amount, to put a smile on a child’s face has motivated me to workout like never before.”
“Become a fitness instructor. Nothing like the thought of your class waiting on you to get you up and moving, and the practice time you put in outside of classes.”
“Figure out if you love to workout in a group, one on one with a personal trainer, or if you prefer to go at it alone.”
“Have a few cute exercise outfits you can put on. I find that my whole attitude changes when I look sharp.”
Anything missing? What helps keep you motivated to exercise? I’d love to hear!