Why I Never Rely on Motivation


Let’s talk about working out, shall we?

I don’t know about you but more often than not, I’m NOT motivated to work out. Once I’m warmed up and have a few sets under my belt, I’m super pumped and want to keep going but getting there is the hard part.

Peeling myself off the couch. Turning off the TV or closing the laptop. Staying consistent after week 2.

Those can be some of the hardest things to do, am I right??

There have been so many times where I’ve skipped workouts (sometimes for weeks at a time) simply because I wasn’t motivated or I just didn’t really feel like it. I would think, “Today just isn’t my day. I’ll work out tomorrow when I feel more up to it.”

Until there came a point when I had to be honest with myself. I’ll let you in on my dark, little secret.

I rarely ever get excited about a workout.

But you’re a health coach! You’re supposed to be motivating and inspiring and a pillar of health and fitness!

Yea… I’m human, too. And as much as I know, intellectually, how important eating healthy and being active is, that doesn’t mean I’m immune to excuses and struggles with motivation.

And if I were to wait for the moment when I was motivated, I would be working out at midnight after scrolling through my Instagram and Pinterest feeds (and c’mon, how likely is that gonna happen?)

So, I have to take the “pull up your bootstraps and just do the dang thing” approach.

I schedule my workouts just like I schedule my work meetings. I make appointments with myself and I meet them. I treat myself like my most important client and I invest in myself like I would invest in someone on my team.

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Some people think it’s bad ju-ju to force yourself to workout, like it’s hurting your psyche to make yourself do something you don’t enjoy. Why go through all that trouble if I don’t have that burning, inherent desire to work out?

It’s because I have that burning, inherent desire to reach my goals. And in order to reach my goals, I have to do some serious work. (No joke, I have a lot of work to do!)

Just like my career goals, my fitness goals aren’t going to be met without consistent, intentional effort, bullet-proof dedication and planning ahead. I can’t expect to earn a six-figure income while only putting in one hour a week of work (although that would be incredible!) and the same goes for fitness. You get out of it what you put in. And quite frankly, if I didn’t plan ahead, I just wouldn’t be putting any work in!

I don’t hear it said very often but for some people, exercise is just the vehicle that gets them from point A to point B.

Oh, the horror! You mean, you don’t wake up every morning thinking about how you’re gonna kill it in the gym that day? Or how incredible you felt during your last workout? Or how much stronger you’re getting?”

Nope. Not really.

Ok, stay with me. Yes, exercise does incredible things for you during your journey and the endorphins you get are out of this world but for some people (like me), the daily motivation to just do it isn’t always there. Sometimes, it’s just one of those things that has to be done and most of the time, we just aren’t all that excited about it. Kinda like brushing your teeth. :)

And I’m telling you, that’s OK! You’re not weird. You’re not doing it wrong if you don’t get excited about it every day. You can still be fit and healthy even if your whole day doesn’t revolve around your workout.

Like those girls on Instagram – I think, “Wow, they live and breathe fitness. They just have this endless pool of motivation.”  But maybe they’re like us; maybe they have to force themselves to be motivated too. Or maybe they just drink enough pre-workout that they are literally flying on wings of motivation. :) Who knows! But know this, I’m right there with ya and I’d much rather sit in my comfy little corner of my sectional and like their Instagram posts rather than lace up my shoes and go for a run.

But instead of skipping the 97th day in a row, try looking at fitness like this:

If you don’t take care of your teeth, they’ll rot and decay.
If you don’t take care of your health (and fitness), your body will also deteriorate and you’ll increase your risk for health problems down the line.

And suffering from heart disease, obesity and type II diabetes is far worse than forcing yourself to do some 30 minute scheduled workouts a day, right? And I’m telling you, those endorphins are worth it.

So let’s hear it for the gals who just have to begrudgingly “pencil it in” to get it done! There’s no shame in that!

What are some ways that you make fitness a routine and not dependent on fleeting motivation?

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