Identify Your “Why” to Build Inner Motivation
One of the most important questions you should ask yourself when you’re beginning your fitness journey is: Why? This question is so crucial, yet many people fail to ask it.
If you have a clear, concise and well-grounded answer to this question, you’ll be able to stick with your exercise routine through good times and bad. You’ll put in the time at the gym or push play at home and you’ll have the motivation to push a little harder even though you feel like you can’t. It’ll make all the difference.
On the other hand, if you don’t know your “why,” chances are you’ll start your workout routine, stick with it for a few days or weeks and then fall off the bandwagon when things get a little challenging. After all, getting in shape takes effort. You need to have the motivation to make it happen.
Identifying Your Why
Start with looking at your fitness goals. Different kinds of fitness goals tend to have different motivations.
Are you just trying to lose some weight? If so, what’s the most important thing you think you’d gain by losing that weight? Is it better health, more energy, more social acceptance?
If you want to drop some inches from around your waist- ask yourself why. Why is having a smaller waist better than having a larger one? How will your life be different if you had a leaner waist?
Look at your goals and ask yourself: Why do I want my body to look this way? Often times finding your “why” is a matter of looking inward rather than outward.
Write Down Your “Why”
As the saying goes, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” To keep your “why” alive, write it down on paper and keep it somewhere visible.
On days when you just don’t feel like working out, that piece of paper can give you the push you need to get off the couch and start moving.
Writing out your “why” also serves another function. Often times when trying to figure out your why, you’ll have a sense for it but not be able to put it into one concise sentence. Writing it out will help you form your why into a more concrete form.
To sum it up, finding your why is one of the most important aspects of being able to successfully keep up an exercise routine. If you have a strong enough reason for wanting to change your body, you can. Just make sure to keep reminding yourself of that reason, especially when times get tough.
What’s your biggest motivation to be physically fit? Please share in the comments section below.
Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse on a personal journey to get fit and live healthier while encouraging other women to do the same. She is also a total wellness advocate and enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?