Motivated to Exercise?
Being a coach for nearly a decade has allowed me to come across a lot of people. As a rule of thumb, if I do a seminar in front of 100 people, 10 might stick around and ask questions. Of those 10, one might grab a business card. In a nutshell, motivation for exercise isn’t always there. For most, exercise tends to be a seasonal thing, with the joy of the Holiday season, the return of Fall, and the arrival of Summer causing clients to workout as much as Zach Morris shows up for homeroom (that’s a Saved by the Bell reference kids)
Research tells us that half the people who start a training program will quit within 6 months(1). Many people drop out of an exercise program because of poor body image and low esteem. Furthermore, individuals often worry about what others perceive of their fitness levels and ability to exercise.
Well, here are a few things to keep you motivated. Remember, getting in shape isn’t always a smooth road, so keep these things in the back of your head:
- It takes 6 weeks for your nervous system to “wake up.” After that, your metabolism should start making adjustments.
- Most strength coaches will tell you that it takes 66 days to form a habit. If you workout 3 days a week, that’s nearly 6 months
- Your body loses all kinds of weight – water, fat, and possible muscle (let’s hope not). So stepping on the scale without understanding the number can create madness.
Have specific goals to keep you motivated and avoid negative thoughts. No one is perfect, and learning how to lift weights is a acquired skill that takes time. Each week, learn one new thing about exercise, nutrition, or your body. At the end of the year, you’re 52 times better than when you started and a whole lot smarter.
1. Huberty, J.L., Ransdell, L.B., Sigman, C., et al. “Explaining Long-Term Exercise Adherence in Women Who Complete a Structured Exercise Program.” Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. 2008. 79(3): 373-384