A few months ago I posted a question on social media: What is your biggest challenge to health and fitness? What keeps you from getting fit and/or staying fit? The number one answer was (drum roll please) Lack of motivation!
Before I tackle this topic, let's define the term motivation. According to the dictionary, motivation means the process that initiates, guides and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Motivation is what causes you to take action; the reasons, desires and emotions that drive your behavior.
The main reason you have not started, or are having problems sticking to a fitness program is: you have not sufficiently answered the "why" questions. Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to get in shape?
There may be many reasons to live a healthy lifestyle. The key is to dig down and build a solid foundation of reasons, desires and emotions that have deep meaning to you. So how do you do this? You spend time alone with just you and God answering those why questions. And the answers that emerge must be solid answers that will carry you through the tough days.
Next I'm going to list off several reasons from science and experience and the Bible. Read each one slowly and take note which reason(s) resonate with you.
- To look better, to be happier with the person you see in the mirror.
- To feel better, exercise and nutrition play a huge part in overall health.
- To please God, your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
- To boost your confidence.
- To help manage stress and depression.
- To help curb chronic diseases like heart disease, hypertension and type 2 Diabetes
Which reason or reasons resonate with you? Why do you personally want to get fit and healthy? These answers will help you begin to build your foundation of motivation!
Next I want to share 4 proven strategies that will help you stay motivated on your fitness journey:
- Have a goal. Maybe a target weight you want to weigh, or to be able to run a 5K, something to aim for. If you aim for nothing you'll be sure to hit it!
- Track your progress. Monitoring your results will help you notice the patterns that are working, and the areas that need improvement. "What gets measured gets improved."
- Reward yourself along the way. You don't have to wait till you reach your final goal to reward yourself. Begin with small goals to get yourself started.
- Think and talk positively. Research has shown that people with positive expectations and who feel confident in their ability to reach their goals tend to be more successful. Also people who use "change talk" are more likely to follow through with their plans. So start talking positively about your fitness goals, out loud! And talk about the specific steps you are going to take to get there.
I understand all this can be a little overwhelming, so I created a free resource to help you work through this process. It's a free pdf download called "Do What You *Really* Want." This is a 3 step motivation hack that breaks this whole motivation thing into 3 simple steps to help you get started, or keep going, on your fitness journey! The link is below. Thanks for reading my first blog post ever, and God bless you!
Free 3 Step Motivation Hack: https://www.spiritandmuscle.com/motivation