WHAT'S YOUR WHY? FIND YOUR MOTIVATION
When it comes to sticking with a fitness class/programme, it's really important to know WHY you want to exercise in the first place.
It might be that you want to:
Feel more confident
Feel more energised
Give your head a break (exercise is great for your mental health too)
Have some 'You' time
Look good in skinny jeans
Have sex with the lights on
For me, my motivation is the wonder that is my 4 year old son. Some of you have met him, and hopefully agree that he's hard not to love.
I had him when I was 37, so I consider myself to be an older mum (my IVF notes actually had me down as a high risk geriatric!)
It's unlikely I'll have any more kids of my own and I really don't want him to grow up alone. I want to be there for him. I want to see see him graduate from Uni, get married, have kids of his own and become a "train driver that delivers clocks all around the world" (his current chosen profession).
So, in order for me to live well into my 70s and even longer if I can, I know I need to keep myself in check.
I am by no means a health freak and I am writing this finishing off yet another Easter egg I hid at the back of the fridge, but a reminder of my 'WHY?' every now and then can get me back on track if I feel like I'm slipping.
I exercise to keep physically fit so that I can run after him when he rides too fast on his bike, or zoom up the stairs (and not collapse in a wheezing heap at the top) if he's woken up and is looking for me.
I also exercise to keep my mental health on the right side of happy too. Being a single mum with two jobs (when not in lock down) is stressful. Exercise is my escape and has slowly become my happy place. I know now that if I'm in down or have got myself in a pickle, a workout will give me a lift.
Once YOU know YOUR why, and you find yourself skipping a class or reaching for your 6th chocolate hobnob, ask yourself "will doing this get me closer or further away to my goal". If it's further away, bin it. Try something else. If it's gonna get you closer, as long as it's safe, GO FOR IT.
So, if you've been thinking about kick starting your fitness routine for a while but haven't taken the plunge, or if you've tried to start a new healthy regime but have given up time and time again, give me a shout.
At Pridestand Fitness we offer a FREE consultation to help you figure out your why, and support you in setting a realistic and achievable plan of HOW to keep you on track and reach your goals.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to start YOUR journey