Are you relying on motivation to exercise?
Do you find that you are more unmotivated than motivated?
And what do you do when you aren’t motivated to eat well or exercise?
Do you lack motivation to exercise?
Motivation to exercise, to show up for yourself and eat well, is something that all of us want. We all want to be in that place, where we just happily cook and eat healthy meals and exercise to feel good.
Every single day.
I wish I can tell you it was that simple.
Motivation to exercise will come and go. And as soon as you make peace with it your consistency will improve.
But how can you get to that place?
Let’s dive in……
If you are in that place right now, when you know you want to take that first step, but you don’t feel ready or you lack motivation, you need a reason strong enough to get you started.
Losing a stone before summer and fitting in the smaller jeans is a short-term goal. But staying fit and healthy and keeping those habits going even on the days you don’t feel like it, is a lifestyle. Not just a 3-month programme.
Therefore, your reason should be deeper than just the smaller jeans.
WHY DO YOU REALLY WANT TO CHANGE?
WHY do you really want to change?
WHY is it important to you?
HOW would you feel if you achieved sustainable weight loss results?
You need to dig deep here. Think hard and decide what is your WHY?
Why is it you want to be healthier and fitter?
To have a good quality of life?
To be fit and heathy for your family, your children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren?
To be able to run after them in the park?
Being able to pick them up, to put a Christmas star up on top of the Christmas tree without knee and back pain?
Your WHY should be strong enough so you do it even if you don’t want to.
Your WHY should be strong enough to lead you to take actions because it’s important to you.
It’s who you are and it’s how you want to lead your life.
And what do I mean by taking actions?
DO YOU NEED MOTIVATION OR DISCPIPLINE?
Taking the first small steps towards changing the habits in your day, in your week to create habits to support your goal.
Start creating small habits and building them into your daily routine day by day, week by week, month by month. To the point when you don’t think about it anymore and you just do it. Because that’s what you do and that’s exactly who you are.
Let me ask you a question. Do you feel motivated washing your face and brushing your face in the morning? You don’t even realise you are doing it because that is what you do. Do you do it even if you are running late? Yes. That’s exactly it.
You want to achieve the same with your new exercise and nutrition habits. It takes minimum 21 days to build a habit and, in some case, could be up to 6 months.
This is how disciplined you need to be with your habits if you want to change them or create new ones to help you with weight loss, getting fitter and healthier.
Discipline with your habits will lead you to the motivation for exercise you’re looking for.
These habits will lead you to the small changes every week and month.
These actions will lead you to feel better fitter, stronger and once you can see the changes in yourself you will feel more motivated.
ALIGN YOUR ACTIONS WITH YOUR GOAL TO INCREASE MOTIVATION
Next month the people around you start noticing and this is when you will feel even more motivated so you will keep going.
Be consistent not only the days you feel like it. Those are the easy day. Exercising and eating healthy means you do it even if you don’t want to.
Your actions should always be aligned with your core values.
Who you are?
Who are you thriving to be?
How do you want others to see you?
For me it’s my family. I am being the person I want my family to be around. That’s exactly why I do what I do. Even on the days I don’t feel like it.
Do you know what is your WHY?
Do you know what your values are?
My clients understand that to achieve results they need to be disciplined with their habits. Waiting for motivation will be very unreliable approach
I would be really interested what you think about this. Is this something you find hard to identify for yourself to help you make the better choices? Do you need help setting goals to help you improve consistency? Let me know, I am always happy to chat.