Getting in shape is one of the best things you can do for your health and happiness in life. Of course, I am a little bit biased, but seriously… Feeling strong and energized going through your daily activities is an empowering feeling.
Throughout my years as a personal trainer I have seen the struggle that many people face to stay motivated when trying to get in shape. I would say over half of all of my clients come in with the mentality that they just don’t have enough motivation to help reach their goals.
Each client come from different backgrounds that project certain challenges that must be overcome in order to get started. Many who are just getting started think that they have to wake up every day with a big smile on their face, ready to hit the ground running… I disagree with this form of thought and believe that thinking in this manner makes it hard to stay focused on achieving long term success in fitness.
What Factors Determine Long-Term Success
Sometimes you have motivation and sometimes you don’t. Sometimes there are things in your life that are weighing heavy on your mind and distracting you from the tasks at hand. This is not a moral failing, this is life. However, it is not pure motivation that will get you through these slumps. What I always say is that it takes discipline, accountability, and consistency to build a fitness habit.
Getting started and the time thereafter is the most difficult time. This is when you get sore and uncomfortable and you are breaking out of your old habits. Our brains are wired for efficiency which sometimes coincides with comfort. Breaking old habits is uncomfortable so it takes discipline to grind through the initial phases of being a fitter human.
Before starting, establish your goals and intentions for getting fit, let those guidelines push you through the initial discomfort.
What many people deem motivation, should really be referred to as accountability. Once you establish your goals and intentions for achieving something, YOU are responsible for seeing that those things follow through. It helps to express those goals to a group of peers who will remind you of what you are striving for. This is the power of group training in my opinion.
Share your goals publicly with friends, family, and on social media. Doing this you are putting skin in the game (socially) to help remind you of the goals you have set out to reach.
Consistency is what truly makes a short-term goal, a long-term habit. Anything practiced long enough and with the right intentions becomes ingrained in your identity. Before you know it, being in shape will be a lifestyle that you are committed to. Once you have overcome the initial barriers, the benefits of having more energy and healthy body will become apparent.
It is not pure motivation that drives people to accomplish great things, it is habitual behavior that consistently drives them towards a goal that at one point took a lot of discipline and accountability to get started.
I charge you to get started now on your health journey. Join us at Pinnacle Fitness Center.