There is a reason behind everything we do, whether we realize it or not.
My alarm clock reminds me every morning that I have to get up. Once I convince myself that the annoying sound disturbing my blissful sleep is not out to ruin my life, I get up and begin my day full of decisions. Choosing a quick donut for breakfast or taking the time to make eggs is a choice that will affect how I fuel my morning. Do I go to work or take a personal day and head to the beach? What do I wear? How fast do I drive? Seat belt on? Top down? Go out of my way to help out a stranger? Do a favor for a friend?
Some decisions seem pretty straightforward. We do certain things for survival, self-improvement, security, and love. Others, take a little convincing. Maybe we know we should do it, but just can not muster the energy to get it done. Sometimes, we even do things for the wrong reason. Maybe we go to church out of obligation or we stay in an abusive relationship in hopes of brighter days ahead. Good or bad, everything we do has a reason. In the end, we have to make the conscience choice to get it done.
The same relates to health and fitness. Everyday, you have to decide whether to workout or not. You must find value in squeezing time in your busy schedule to get your sweat on. Working out is tough. It takes motivation. So what motivates you? By acknowledging the reasons behind working out, we can remind and motivate ourselves to get it done!
A few years ago, my reasons for working out were shaped by the desire to win an upcoming competition. I worked out for the love of sport and the satisfaction I found in crushing PRs (personal records) and developing new skills. Nowadays, my reasons have changed. As my little miracle continues to grow inside of me, I head to the gym to benefit both the baby and me. My exercise routine has completely changed to accommodate my growing belly but I still find joy in a good, sweat-filled workout.
My better half and favorite training partner, Steve, has an entirely different approach to workout motivation. His job depends on it. As a firefighter, his life and the lives of others are on the line as to whether he is capable of fulfilling his duty.
With four knee replacements (yes, I said four!), my father has every excuse to skip out on his daily walks and trips to the gym. Yet, everyday, he chooses to ignore those pestering thoughts to ensure he lives a healthy life so can take care of his home, travel with his wife, be master of the grill, and play with his future grandchild.
We all have our reasons. Is yours motivating enough or do you fight with yourself daily to workout? There are countless benefits to physical activity from prevention of disease, to improved body composition, to mental well-being, just to name a few. If that is not enough, how about doing it for those you love- for your spouse, your kids, your friends and family. Do it for you. Do it for them. Whatever your reason, just do it.
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