Do you need motivation to work out?
One of the questions I often get asked is how do I stay motivated to work out and do you need motivation to work out?
I always say that I do not rely on motivation. If I were to count on motivation I would probably work out a maximum of once or twice a week.
What is motivation?
Motivation is a reason for acting or behaving in a particular way. This is what the dictionary says.
Everyone has different reasons to stay motivated to work out. Mine was to lose weight. But my motivation was fading away extremely quickly. I was not able to keep it going for more than a few months therefore gym memberships did not last long. I kept on carrying those extra kilos which felt like all my life.
Why do I not rely on motivation?
Various external reasons influence motivation. These are emotions, stress, sleep, anxiety, etc. Can you control them? I cannot, hence motivation was not going to work for me and I do not rely on it. What I can control is a habit that I have built over the years. That habit keeps my drive.
How do you keep the drive going?
It is a mental game. Even if you did a10-minute lower intensity workout a day it would keep you moving, and the drive would not stop. You would build a habit that would last you a lifetime.
If you feel demotivated, it is surely one of the above reasons that affect you. Your mood and energy level are low. In days like that do something that will keep you moving. If you are working out at the gym, go and spend 10 minutes doing something low intensity. If you are working out at home, spare 10 minutes to do something. I recently started doing 50 burpees every day before my workouts. If I do not work out, I only do 50 burpees and some stretching. It all adds up and you have 10-15 minutes doing something. What these 10 minutes do is help you build a habit.
If you have had days of not working out do not go a high-intensity training session. This will only get you on you back and knock you off for few more days. To get back in your track with working out just keep going. Do something small every day. This is the main thing; you are getting yourself to do this. You are building a habit that will stay with you for life.
My favourite motivational quote:
“Motivation is what gets you started.Jim Ryun
Habit is what keeps you going”
Check my post “How to stay motivated to work out” and hopefully it will help you to take your first step towards building the habit of working out.
I recently read the book “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. It does make you realise that there is a better way to look at your day and live your life.
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