When was the last time you felt MOTIVATED to exercise?
Most days, I feel reluctant to exercise. I would prefer to sit on that sofa and watch Netflix.
But I still get my ass up. Rain or shine, pregnancy or not. Why?
Because I’ve made a commitment to myself to take care of my body. And I’m motivated to honor that commitment. I’m motivated to DO what I say I’m going to do.
If you’re struggling to get your body moving, know that this is totally NORMAL. I have yet to meet a woman (even those super fit chicks) who are just naturally motivated to exercise, every day, no matter what.
We ALL struggle with finding the motivation to exercise.
And notice this: PLANNING to exercise does NOT create motivation!
Writing it on your calendar, telling yourself you’ll do it…. That’s the easy part.
Actually getting the gym shoes on becomes a whole different story.
Q - So if a PLAN to exercise does not give you motivation to DO the exercise, what will?
A - Your commitment to honoring that plan will result in motivation.
Notice that the feeling of motivation does not come from the actual exercise itself. The feeling of motivation comes from a decision you make, in advance, to honor a promise you've made to yourself.
Think about it. When was the last time you said you would do something for yourself, and then you didn't do it? How did that feel?
Probably a little shitty.
When we decide, in advance, to honor the commitments we’ve made to ourselves, motivation will become instinctual versus optional.
This will take practice. You will need to PRACTICE honoring that commitment to yourself, doing what you said you were going to do.
At first, your brain will give you a million reasons why you should stay home, sit on the sofa, eat the ice cream…
Anticipate this resistance. Welcome it like an old, annoying friend. And then tell it to get lost.
You’ve made a commitment to yourself. A commitment to honor your body and your physical health. You’ve made a commitment to be the person who follows through, who does what you say you’re going to do, and who can rely on yourself to follow through.
So the next time you’re frustrated because you are not motivated to exercise, stop and remember that you made a commitment to yourself. And honor that commitment.
Have your own back.
Support your own goals.
Do what you say you’re going to do.
And go kick some ass