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Unlocking Your Motivation – How To Stay Committed And Finish Strong

Amongst all the merrymaking…and overindulging…in the New Year there’ll be the inevitable vows to go to the gym. The result is a month of elbow-to-elbow workouts, sore muscles…and many broken goals by the time bikini season rolls around.

In fact, brace yourself because here’s a gym statistic that will get your pulse racing. When you consider that gyms are inundated in January year after year, this is a truly astounding statistic:

80 percent of people who joined a gym in January quit within 5 months.

And the statistics are no better for starting any other month of the year either. The question is, “Why?” What is it about sticking with a fitness routine that causes so many people to abandon it?

The answer? Motivation. They don’t want health and fitness badly enough. It is a simple fact of human psychology that if we want something badly enough, we’ll do everything we can to get it.

Your challenge is to find out what motivates you to get serious about fitness and stick with it.

Unlocking your motivation

Lisa was a bride-to-be and couldn’t wait for her big day. This was the one day, out of all the days of her life where she had to look her absolute best.
For Lisa it was her impending wedding that pushed her to train 5 days a week, to eat the right food day in day out without faltering. It was the impetus that pushed her out of her comfort zone and into a commitment that she previously had not been interested in or motivated enough to do before.

Bryan Reece found a different motivation. Told by his doctors that he was minutes away from a heart attack, Bryan decided to fight back. Even though he had not been in a gym in 30 years, he turned his life around and eventually became a finisher in the Arizona Ironman competition. You can read his story in the book, You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World’s Toughest Triathlon by Jacques Steinberg.

You do not have to be part of that 80 percent who quit. You can stay committed and finish strong. It is all about finding what motivates you personally.

Here are some possible motivators for you:

  1. Do it for your health. Consistent exercise and healthy eating are the two very best things you can do for your health. You will develop a strong, healthy heart, reduce your chances of many cancers, prevent diabetes, keep a sharp mind and resist dementia and avoid many of the common ailments that come with aging. It is possible to age without decay, and the key to this is exercise and eating well.
  2. Do it to look better. Appearance isn’t everything, but most of us care how we look. A strong and healthy person just looks good. And it isn’t all physical. Your demeanor will change as you develop the confidence that comes from the discipline of fitness. You will appear more energetic and confident because you will be more energetic and confident!
  3. Do it to relieve stress. Really! It isn’t a cliché. Exercising really does cause physical changes in your brain and nervous system that results in feelings of calmness and well-being. In fact, you may get so hooked on the mental benefits of exercise that you will crave it!
  4. Do it to be strong. If you have never done focused weight training, then you literally have no idea of the total transformation that you will feel after just a few weeks. There is nothing like bending over to pick something up that normally results in discomfort, strain and even pain, only to find out that it is a piece of cake! And by getting strong now, you reduce your risk of age-related falls and fractures because you have the core strength and balance to keep yourself stable.

It is worth taking the time to discover the powerful motivators in your life. Do what it takes to get yourself moving. Find out what makes sweating worth it. Find out what you want more than that brownie.

Create Your Support Environment

Finally, you need to create the support environment that supports and nurtures your motivators. I would recommend a smaller boutique club that better caters to your needs as an individual rather than a number.
These typically have a higher cost, but you’ll go far more often as it becomes a home away from home and you’ll meet new people because it’s more intimate. This sense of community and involvement far outweighs the lure of the latest machines, gizmos or the sheer amount of useless and expensive equipment.
Once you train at a boutique club like Dynamic Boxing, you’ll never want to go to a commercial facility again.

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