It may sound like a basic question, but the more you understand your motivation, the more likely you are to stay committed to exercise. Over the years, I found that the people most committed to exercise have a similar mindset:
• They exercise for themselves (not for their partner, friends or an ex they may bump into at a reunion).
• Through trial and error, they’ve found a way to fit exercise into their busy day (keeping the gym bag packed and waiting by the door, exercising first thing in the morning, etc.).
• They’ve made exercise a priority; feeling, seeing and believing in its benefits.
• They’ve made exercise non-negotiable. It’s simply not a choice whether to exercise or not.
• They associate something positive with exercise whether it’s the results, better sleep, greater health, confidence, a way to reduce stress, reduce their risk for illness or just to look better in their skinny jeans!
• They’re committed to a healthier lifestyle and know that exercise is part of that equation.
• They found an activity or activities they enjoy and therefore don’t dread, but welcome the experience.
It doesn’t matter what you do or how much you do as long as you’re moving in the right direction. If you don’t exercise at all and then put in 10 minutes one day, that’s progress! The key is to find out what will inspire you to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle and let that be the first step towards a healthier you!
Why do you exercise? I’d love to know!