The answer is motivation, isn’t it? You have to find that one that one thing every day that is going to keep you motivated. Maybe it is that vacation, the summer months or an inspirational book or quote that you read. Maybe it is something different every day that you use for motivation to get you started and keep you going in 2017.
Well, if your answer for success is motivation than I am sorry but that is incorrect.
It isn’t motivation that is the key to fitness success.
In fact, I would argue that motivation is completely overrated and overused. I feel that we rely on it too heavily and base our decisions on whether or not we are feeling motivated that day.
Insert real life scenario; you had every intention of getting to the gym but when you woke up you looked outside and there is some snow on the ground. Than you check the temperature on your phone and you see that it is 9 degrees outside… ugh!
So you go to make breakfast and you realize that you do not have any eggs left and didn’t get to make the meal you had been wanting. Then on your way to drop the kids off to school you get stuck behind a couple of buses and you hit a red light and the trip takes 5 extra minutes longer than normal.
At this point you could be thinking that this just isn’t your morning and you aren’t feeling a workout. You think to yourself maybe I’ll just do some errands and head home to get the house organized.
But then you think about that workout you had every intention of doing. You rattle around your options and ultimately decide to skip it.
This decision, while it may seem insignificant, could be the start of the process of going in the wrong direction.
One workout becomes one week. One week of missed workouts becomes three dinners out and a Starbucks. One week of fast food becomes more missed workouts… see where I am going with this?
But it doesn’t have to be that way! You do not need to base your success on motivation.
So what do you focus on instead?
You schedule your fitness.
Too many times we judge our success on training based on how you feel that day. You are excited and feeling great so you go work out. If you are feeling tired and lazy you don’t work out. It’s that simple.
Unfortunately, that thought process is why we ride the roller coaster of health, fitness and ultimately results.
Take your fitness seriously and make an appointment with yourself that you cannot break.
How do you go about making a schedule with fitness?
You can attack this a couple of different ways. First, plan the big rocks of things that you need to get done during the day and make sure you put going to workout in your calendar first.
What gets scheduled gets done.
This now creates an extra layer of accountability because you are not going to the gym because you want to you are going because you made time for it in your day.
So when you wake up that day you are not thinking about your feelings of going to workout you just know that at 8:30 every day that is what you are doing.
If you want to take scheduling up a notch find a coach and a facility that you can trust and decide that you are going to plan your schedule around their schedule.
The time at which you go doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you have transferred the power of fitness from motivation to routine.
And that is a BIG deal!
Because think of the progress that you can make physically, mentally and emotionally when you are not fighting the battle of working out every day.
You stick to your schedule and it becomes routine. In the beginning you feel a little uncomfortable but then the more you train the better you feel. You begin to make the switch that fitness is just a part of your day.
Six weeks go by and you cannot imagine that you would feel this way about yourself. It isn’t the pounds lost or the fat trimmed it is the fact that you are controlling your destiny and your choices. You do not let the feelings of the day destroy your plan or your health.
Sure some days are harder than others and you are going to have challenges that come up but that doesn’t mean you are going to give up. It just means that life happens and we do move on.
So seriously consider how often you let your feelings of the day impact your decisions on health and fitness? If it is to often than maybe 2017 is the year that you start scheduling your fitness like you schedule your dentist appointments.
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