Have you ever struggled with getting off your hmmhmm and getting going with your workouts?
Of course you have. Here’s my conversation with Traci yesterday on facebook. Can you identify? Then, I’ll show you five steps you can take to stop the struggle and get going with your workouts. Plus the giveaway details.
Traci: I just struggle getting started! Seems like I get really motivated in the evenings when it’s too late to do anything. Then by morning I always have an excuse. I feel like I’m doing good with the eating part of the program – but my exercise is really lacking. So I know I’m holding myself back. ~Traci C., IL
Lani: Sounds like the food is working well and it’s moving your body more that’s the problem? You are not alone. Answer this: 1) what activities do you enjoy 2) what do you see as the biggest obstacle here: is it knowing what to do, where to find chunks of time for it, or a simple distaste for exercise? or other? Fill me in!
Traci: Thanks Lani, time is not an issue at all for me. I think maybe just finding something I enjoy? About 12-13 years ago I was in the best shape of my life. At that time I had several friends that I would go out to the gym, biking, or walking with. But we have moved a few times and no longer have any exercise buddies. So that could be it.
Traci has plenty of company. Research suggests that 50% of people who start an exercise program will drop out within the first 6 months (Wilson & Brookfield, 2009). In the Summer Survey I recently sent out, this was a common thread – you can’t seem to get off your hiney and DO it when it comes to exercise. There are as many different reasons for this as there are hairs on your head, yet the solution is the same. It just comes down to motivation.
The root of the exercise motivation problem
It doesn’t matter if it’s a time problem, a location problem, a gear problem, or a _____________ problem (you fill in the blank). The answer lies in motivation with a capital M.
4 steps to stop the struggle and get started with your workouts
- Find the why
- Imagine success
- Be specific
- Set the date!
- Get support
So, I guess just having this chat got me a little more motivated today! I just turned on some music, grabbed my 3 pound weights and jogged in place and danced around the room for about 10 minutes. ~Traci
Success! She stopped the struggle and got started. She jumped right into step #5, got support, and got the job done. Now, incorporating steps #1 – #4 will invite longevity to her project.
You go, Traci! And as a way to thank you for letting me post your episode today, I’d like to offer you, Traci, the Fit Quickie of your choice. Please pop over to the Fit Quickies page, make our selection, and then post it below.
Giveaway! Boot Camp Mind Top 10 Motivational Tools for Health, Weight Loss, & Fitness Success
And to all readers, please post your favorite motivational tool below. What gets YOU going? Can you relate to the 5 steps above, or is there an important one you would add to the list? And just to show how much I appreciate you jumping in with your ideas, we’ll draw one name from the list of replies to win a copy of Boot Camp Mind Top 10 Motivational Tools for Health, Weight Loss, & Fitness Success. To be eligible, you must reply by end of the day Friday, July 20, 2012.
Recap: How to enter the Boot Camp Mind Giveway
1) Comment below on one of the steps above that you utilize, that inspires you, or otherwise gets you thinking.
2) In the same reply below, add a favorite motivational tool that you use – inspire someone else!