Motivation – We as human being crave this emotion. Sometimes we say we need it to exercise, lose weight, work a long day, stay up late for a project, or maybe to complete a project. Motivation is defined as the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way, or the condition to be eager to work or achieve a result.
But let me tell you, when you have motivation, exercise is easier, and choosing good food comes almost naturally. But remember this: motivation is an emotion that comes and goes, and for me, it goes more than it comes! So you must have “back-up plans!” There just has to be more reasons you make good choices in your life…not only for exercise and good nutrition – but for all parts of your life.
Below are a few other reasons to exercise and make good choices – find a few that work for you. And remember, what works today, may not work next month.
- You are worth it: This sounds simple, but honestly, most people don’t always believe this. Dig deep within yourself and discover why you are worthy of a strong and healthy body.
- Pain is temporary, pride is forever: While I’m not advocating pain during exercise, I am recommending getting a bit uncomfortable and moving towards unpleasant during exercise. So every now and then, grin and bare it and try pushing for no other reason than getting stronger and just a bit braver.
- Because you should! It’s just that simple – no emotion here, you just should!
- You will probably feel better when you are done. Nothing exciting about this reason – but again, good choices aren’t always fun and exciting. And when you make a good choice, like working out, when you don’t want to – you are “putting your big girl panties on!”
- It will lower your stress level…which will increase your overall energy.
The point is this: It’s great when you feel motivation – but you won’t always feel motivation, that’s normal. So, find more reasons to exercise that doesn’t depend on emotion.
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