Every Monday my Facebook and Twitter streams are full of motivational quotes and images.
Seems like everybody needs a little extra motivation to exercise and eat well at the beginning of the week .
I used to post a Monday Motivation series myself and wrote about the things that motivate me personally to get to the gym and make healthy choices in the kitchen (family, health, aging well, and aesthetics, to name a few).
But the thing is, I don’t really believe that extrinsic motivators work for that long or for that many people.
If simply looking at a photograph of a ripped chick doing bicep curls was really enough motivation to start, AND STICK WITH, an exercise program and healthy diet, obesity wouldn’t be the nationwide epidemic that it currently is. And nobody would be searching for (and finding my blog) via the terms ‘motivation to exercise’!
Need motivation to exercise? Start by looking within.
If I were to ask you why you go to work every day, I bet most of you would come up with reasons other than just ‘paying the bills’.
You enjoy your job (at least I hope you enjoy your job) because it challenges you, fulfills you, and makes you feel good about yourself. (Hmm, sounds like the reasons I blog as well; certainly NOT because of the abundance of cash it’s earning me )
Of course, the pay cheque is appreciated, but most of us would agree that if the money were the only thing driving us to get up and go to work in the morning, we’d probably start looking for another line of employment.
I think of motivation to exercise in the same way.
Sure, the idea of being leaner, healthier, more muscular and more attractive might initially get us off the couch and into the gym, but in order to make exercise and healthy living a habit, we need to identify and focus on the internal motivators.
My motivation to exercise? The way it makes me feel about myself. Strong, capable, coordinated, beautiful and at peace with my inner critic.
How does exercise make YOU feel?
What’s YOUR intrinsic motivation to exercise?