Having a motivation, staying motivated and changing motivators are all necessary – no matter what you are doing. It could be as simple as preparing meals, completing a project, or completing a marathon.
Whatever your intention is….. there is always a motivating factor.
Let’s talk fitness for a bit. I have noticed my motivators have changed many times to reach my many fitness goals. I have been on this planet for over 50 years, and my motivation to start exercising in my 20’s was my upbringing.
Growing up in a house where fat and carbohydrates were basic food groups (although a loving family I have to say), and vegetables meant pickled beets or cucumbers, I quickly realized that if I continue down this road, I will definitely grow to be a very ‘healthy’ woman. By the age of 14, I realized that my nutrition was different from my best friend’s. Ever see that movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”? Well, although my family isn’t Greek, it is of eastern European descent my brother and I were.
I am sure my mother thought “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” was a documentary.
In any case, my fitness intention in my late teens was to achieve a place that was 180 degrees from how I was brought up and nourished.
There – that’s easy I thought. I just needed to do whatever it was I wasn’t doing all those years before. Any time I felt tired or lazy, I would just think of how my mother would say, ‘I don’t like it when you’re sweating’. That would only make me work harder.
Interesting how I took such offense back then…..
Anyway, along with the tension release that physical exercise provided, I discovered that I was becoming more fit. Plus the aesthetic benefits that tagged along with all that sweat worked well for me.
By the time I reached my 30’s, I wanted more definition and so my motivation was a more defined look. And yes, although I was motivated to exercise anyway, I really, really wanted to achieve a more defined look. So what is wrong with that? Nothing.
Now that I’m in my 50’s, my intention is to remain active to maintain quality of health in my later years. I want to be that person who is 75 and has little to no issue climbing a set of stairs. That’s it –
And so, after more than 30 years of exercise, I have had at least 3 main motivators:
- My upbringing which strengthened my desire to increase my knowledge about food and exercise
- My desire to achieve a more defined look (aesthetic purposes I must admit)
- My desire to maintain quality of life – I would rather have a shorter and healthy life before a long life with pain
Keep your motivators updated – and you will always have that to push you forward.