How I Stay Motivated to Work Out
I often get asked about how I stay motivated to work out consistently.
I may be stating the obvious, but finding your motivation (the why) is the foundation to doing anything. With no motivation, there is no push to take action. And for me personally, if I don't have my heart in something, it's hard for me to get my head in it. I don't like to fake it till I make it - and there's no reason I - or you - should have to.
What really stepped up my fitness game was finding my motivation to consistently exercise. Today, I'll be sharing a few of the biggest reasons I stay motivated to work out - and actually enjoy it. I hope it helps you discover what motivates you.
I find inspiration from Steve Gleason
I didn't realize that an Amazon.com documentary would change my life - but Gleason, the true story of Steve Gleason, rocked me to my core. Gleason was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease (more widely known as ALS) three years after retiring from the NFL as the legend who brought back hope to the city of New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. There is no cure for ALS, which slowly cripples you and traps you inside your own body while keeping your mind completely intact. Instead of despairing at the news of his diagnosis, Steve spent all the remaining time he had doing three things: keeping himself as physically and mentally strong as possible for as long as possible, creating video diaries for his unborn son so he could be a good father long after he was gone, and promoting awareness & research for ALS to improve the quality of life for other people with ALS (pALS).
I've been following and supporting Team Gleason and all pALS ever since. I feel blessed to have a healthy body and I feel that I owe it to myself to keep my body as strong and healthy as I possibly can. ALS is cruel in many ways, but one of the cruelest things of all is that it discriminates against nobody. ALS can creep up on you regardless of family history, age, gender, or race. Like Steve and the rest of Team Gleason, I stand by the motto "No white flags." Always keep fighting, for as long as you can.
I consider how short life is
I am acutely aware of how short our lives are. I don't fear death, but I appreciate life knowing that death is inevitable for all of us. I also realize that life is not guaranteed - we never know when our time will come. Because of these realizations, I wake up every day wanting to maximize the time I do have. In order to live happily, I need to be healthy. The aspects of health within my control are all a part of my lifestyle: diet, sleep, and exercise. Every time I work out, I know I am making my body and mind stronger, and improving my quality of life.
I feel deeply connected to my boyfriend
My boyfriend is the one who inspired my entire fitness journey, right from the very beginning. When I first met him, one of the (many) things that stood out to me was the fact that he was so committed to working out at the gym. I had never met a guy as strong or as knowledgeable about fitness - nor had I met someone who was so truly passionate about exercise and how it relates to the human body. At that time, I tried working out here and there without ever fully getting into it - but three years later, after his patience and persistence, it finally stuck.
I love working out because my boyfriend is my gym partner, personal trainer, and coach. I learn so much from him each time we go to the gym together, from actual workouts and how they build different muscles, to the amazing qualities he has as a person. Working out together is a way for us to learn about each other, help each other become stronger, and grow together. It's one of my favorite things to do with him, and that will never change.