It can be very hard to find the motivation and energy to workout. Jobs, stress, family, and endless obligations take up time and are just a part of life. When you look in the mirror, you may wish you could just push a button and transform your shape. While its not that easy, finding and maintaining motivation is the key to getting that transformation. To gain motivation, look at the things that are important to you. Family fulfillment, longevity, strength, and an attractive physique are what you will gain by incorporating fitness, and simple reminders are all you need.
When you work out, you are less stressed and have a more positive outlook on life. That has been documented in scientific studies – fitness and increased endorphins leads to more positive thinking and a general good attitude; great for maintaining your relationships! To motivate yourself for your family’s sake, think about how much more you can offer your kids if you have the energy to keep up with them. Rather than watch them play sports, you can join them. When you work out, you can breathe harder, run farther, throw better, and celebrate a win, lose, or a tie as your family.
Staying alive longer is a great aspect of being physically fit! Working out helps all your body’s systems perform better and age more gracefully. They say “a rolling stone gathers no moss”, and an active person has less chance of developing heart diseases, diabetes, obesity, and other ailments. Let a long, happy life be your motivation to stay fit; think of the years you are adding as you push yourself on the elliptical machine. Focus on working all areas of your body equally and know that bad cholesterol, high blood pressure, and abdominal fat won’t linger in a body in motion.
Being strong and limber can be a huge motivation for working out. Imagine any repetitive motion, you do. It may be climbing stairs at the office, lifting bags of groceries out of your car, or bending to pluck weeds from your garden. All these activities and motions require strong, healthy muscles. Work out so these tasks are not a physical burden. Motivation to exercise can be simply to keep up with things you do daily, or activities you enjoy. Muscles and joints get stronger and healthier when you make working out a priority.
Of course the main reason most people work out is to look awesome! If that is your motivation, go with it! Let thoughts of your clothes fitting better and you turning heads be what gets you in the gym. Don’t be ashamed of it, as being attractive is a very healthy desire. To motivate yourself, write down some goals and look at them daily. Be as descriptive as you need to help your motivation. If you want a “ripped chest”, “porn-star legs”, or “chiseled arms”, put these in a list and give yourself permission to want to be sexy.
Working out daily can incredibly change your appearance, especially if you include a healthy diet of fresh veggies, solid protein, fiber, and complex carbs. Of course, one of the biggest things you can gain from working out is confidence, and that can do wonders for you looks too. Let confidence and drive be your motivation to work out. If you conquer the treadmill, defeat the elliptical, kill the stair-climber, then reaching other goals don’t seem so difficult. And confidence can be very sexy!