Motivation. I'm here in Florida for a couple of weeks and the dirty biking here is nothing to write home about - but the weather is. It's hot and 100% humidity and sunny.
My question today is how do I stay motivated to do a daily workout? I think about all the hard work I have put in over the years to get into shape and the ice cream offers I have turned down as well. It was such a lot of work to get to where I am and I'm not getting any younger. To be honest I love being in shape. Being fit makes life easier and keeps me out of the doctor's office and I feel great, if it weren't for playing roller derby I wouldn't have many aches and pains. My current lifestyle allows me to be very active and able to eat properly every meal, but I do have those days where I feel lazy and unmotivated; today I scarfed down a pint of salted caramel gelato and a beer for lunch. However, one day out of seven won't put the weight back on.
So, what was my motivation today? A successful game of roller derby last night and the feeling of ease I have playing derby because of my fitness level. Every day I like to find a reason to go to the gym - a bad day at work, some eye candy at the gym, a new bikini I bought? What's your motivation? That pint of ice cream, I don't work out to punish myself for it. I wanted ice cream. It's that simple, no need to punish myself with a gruelling workout. A workout is not punishment, a workout should be your enjoyable playtime.
One of the things I have discovered about myself the past week is I enjoy working out at the end of the day, before dinner time. That's when I feel a bit sleepy and instead of going in for a coffee or two, I hit the pool or the TRX for 40-45 minutes. It gives me a bit more energy to finish off my day with a bang. Everyone is different, if you're a morning person, my hats off to you. Find that time and motivation for you. We are all different and happy work out.
Karl Tettmann, Co-Founder. Avid health and fitness coach who just loves to ride.