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Motivation to Exercise

This article discusses ways for you to stay motivated in an exercise routine.
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Motivation to Exercise or motivation to succeed in anything, even beyond fitness, is not something always easily attainable. Fitness, nutrition, and weightlifting are all ventures in life that do not come without sacrifices or struggles. How one overcomes these challenges demonstrates their true dedication and heart and will be a deciding factor in their ultimate motivation. Motivation to work out and even motivation to succeed in life are two of the most important feelings an individual should feel at some point in their lives. Everyone will come to a point where they may begin to lose focus. This is when the individual’s motivation plays a role. Motivation can be defined as, “the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal.” Many times in one’s life they may decide to embark on an endeavor or difficult task such as completing an essay or homework assignment or achieving a fitness goal such as weight loss or muscle gain. They do this with out any motivation, and in a sense, no chance to succeed at all.

The person may think to themselves, “I need motivation to work out, but where can I get it from?” In the beginning the individual will do all of the things that they believe are necessary to achieve this goal, which in turn will create a sense of fulfillment and enjoyment. This new found desire may fade as a result of the person’s goal becoming more challenging and time consuming. Hours a day spent on the goal may turn into a half hour a day. This half hour a day turns into a half hour a week, until the person finds themselves back in their old routine which does not involve that goal. The individual will have spent days and weeks trying to accomplish a task, only to spend a minute’s thought giving up the goal. It generally takes an individual 21 days to form a new habit and that same time period to break old habits. Gaining the motivation you need to succeed and knowing the importance of exercise can be found in many forms including weight loss motivational quotes, fitness motivational quotes, and weight lifting quotes. These quotes can inspire any individual to strive toward both their fitness goals and their nutrition or diet goals which often go hand and hand.

Starting a routine for a healthy life is one of the biggest decisions that you will ever make. Why wouldn’t it be? Answering the question of “Why Eat Healthy?” will give you more motivation and encourage you to exercise by giving you the knowledge of many benefits to your lifestyle. How many of you know anyone that has joined a gym for a year, only to stop going after a month? How many of you know someone that says they have started a new diet, only to see them cramming fast food down their throats while late to an office meeting? Whether it is the grind of school or work, people make excuses for stumbling to achieve the goals they desire. These people waste their hard earned money on gym memberships that they will not use or diet plans that never pan out. The first key that one needs to consider for motivating themselves is desire. How much do you really want to become fit and healthy? How much do you really want to succeed? If it is something fueled with enough desire it will happen. Desire is unstoppable. Use your desire to make it happen. Learn the importance of exercise and allow it to fuel your motivation.

Visualizing what you want in life and keeping that picture in your mind can do wonders for not quitting. This can be done in the form of writing what you want down and putting it in as many places as possible. Writing down what you hope to achieve and reading it throughout the day as a reminder will help keep your goals as a top priority in your life. Setting a date for a certain goal is also very helpful. Deciding you want to lose 10lbs by a certain date written on your calendar can act as a very powerful prompt to stay motivated. Keeping a notebook of your lifting and nutrition will also work wonders as incentives. The process of seeing on paper that you are improving can only help your desire increase. Witnessing your own improvement through diet and a weightlifting routine will not only increase your motivation to exercise but enhance your life and help you develop yourself into the best person you can be, and deserve to be.

In addition to writing down goals and setting deadlines for your fitness undertakings it is often wise to choose a partner or coach that will help you stay motivated when you are feeling determined to achieve. Having a partner will do wonders for your psyche in the gym or when you have to make the tough decision to eat a garden salad as opposed to a juicy Big Mac or Quarter Pounder. You will begin to think to yourself that if he or she can continue to strive towards this goal, why can’t I? And the answer will be that you can. You will be motivated and probably even become a little competitive with your partner which is a natural response to achieve your desire.

Deciding to begin a new and healthier life remains one thing that many people continuously put off to another date and time. Changing your way of thinking and daily routine are things that must be done. Going to the gym or eating a healthy meal should eventually be like waking up in the morning. Knowing the answers to “Why Eat Healthy?”, “Why Be Fit?”, and “Why Lift Weights?” are invaluable to understanding the importance of exercise and thus increasing the motivation you have to exercise. These answers will let you know what your striving for and why. It may be a struggle in the beginning, but nothing worth achieving has been accomplished without obstacles. Like any other goal, persistence is the key to having success. The decision to start a new fitness routine or diet lies in your hands. This choice must have your faith and desire behind it, because without that, it is nothing more than an empty promise. Get started today. Wait no longer. Being the best you can be is in your hands. Don’t let it go to waste.

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