A little motivation goes a long way

So, we begin our workout journey with the best of intentions and the highest motivation. We slough through a week, a month . . . maybe half of a year. Yet, it eventually happens we take of a day or two . . maybe a week and then boom, the magic seemingly disappears. Starting up again feels worse than starting over. The progress that has been made feels as though it has been for nothing, Inspiration seems as though it is not forth coming. How then does one re-establish a connection with that inspiration? How doe one overcome the stagnation that has settled into the psyche?

Some want to look better. Some want to compete. Some do so for medical reasons. Although varied, these  reason all have one thing in common: the commonality is that consistency must be applied to these reasons in order for any of them to be realized.

The loss of workout momentum is not unusual. It is something that is regularly dealt with by everyone who exercises. This spirit of complacency will take up haven wherever it is able. The key is to see it as a reminder of that goal you are striving to reach, not as an impediment to improving your overall well-being. It is in the valley that energies must be gathered for the ascent. The heights of staying consistent are complimented by the times that one must overcome the desire to ‘un-commit’ themselves.

On that note one must realize that the gut busting workouts need not be the mainstay of one’s fitness efforts. Being active is the base from which physical well-being is sustained. Incorporating conscious effort for activity into each day can provide physical exertion even on the smallest of scales. Remember, it is not exercise per se as much as it is movement that will aid in the acquisition and maintenance of one’s physical well-being.

Try what you feel may help you to stay on track. Even if that means engaging in less intense workouts. ‘Some movement’ will always be better than ‘no movement’. Drifting away from exercise, without acknowledging, can lead to that feeling of failure and despondency that makes for a difficult obstacle to overcome. Give yourself an ‘exercise amount minimum’ to get in each week. When you dip below that (or stop altogether), promise yourself you will try other things before you quit altogether:

  • Hire a personal trainer or work with one online
  • Find a workout buddy
  • Join a fitness group or gym
  • Try a new way of exercising — a video, a class, a sport, etc.
Sometimes, something new and fun will keep you going.

Exercise is not so much about climbing the highest peak, running the fastest or longest, swimming the deepest or lifting the most. It is about consistency. It is about doing what one can, everyday and getting up tomorrow to do it again. So often, the loftiness of a goal overwhelms us and the thought of taking a day, week or whatever off settles in. That thought can bring about a situation that is difficult to overcome and facilitate feeling of guilt. Don’t give in to that scenario. Realize that each day is a new day, do what you can, even if that means that the usual workout will be missed. Whatever you are able to do is cumulative to the whole process. Enjoy the process . . . .  

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