“All are chosen, few respond” Anonymous
What I have learned over the years is there are ONLY 3 ways we become motivated to exercise. The only exception to this rule is having a medical professional stating directly to your face that there are dire consequences to your health if you don’t begin exercising immediately. In truth most of the time even a doctor’s request doesn’t spark the internal motivation to change ones lifestyle. Most people choose to wait for that first big scare, and for many it is often the last big scare!
The 3 ways one becomes motivated to change their lifestyle are very simple in concept, yet highly elusive for many people. They are;
Nothing will motivate someone to change their lifestyle and to exercise consistently and eat healthier than actual physical and inner results that can be visually seen and bodily felt. The problem is we have to be in action to see any RESULTS. Therein lies the rub.
Most of us are driven by immediate gratification these days. We need to see visual results or feel inner gratification just to get motivated to feel better in our own body. When I say inner gratification I am referring to feeling better about your Self; having higher self esteem and confidence, reduced stress levels, increased energy levels and sharper mental clarity etc…. However, feeling better isn’t enough for most people. They need to actually see visual results in the mirror to jump on board.
So how do we arrive at the mindset to move past that invisible, grey area where we aren’t working out yet, but we really need to makes changes in our life? Let me know if you find the answer, please!
At the end of the day, you have to be honest with yourself. Ask yourself the simple questions such as “Am I happy with my life today? Am I happy with my body and my health?”. Only you can reveal to your inner most self the honest truth. Are you living a healthy lifestyle, which consists of regular exercise and a healthy, nutritious diet? Is your life in balance and do you feel emotionally stable for the most part?
If the answer is NO, I suspect you are in a certain degree of pain right now! I would suggest you move into action immediately, whatever that looks like to you.
ALL IT TAKES IS ONE SMALL STEP TO GET STARTED.
But, remember: Rome was not created in a day, and neither is a healthy body. It is a life-long journey that we take action on every day. You can only do “healthy living” one day at a time and that is the day you are in.