Good morning, friends!
So yesterday started bright and early with a date!
Yes, I had a date at 5:45am with my best friend at the gym.
Katie and I made plans to rekindle our morning workout dates and yesterday was our first one back! Nothing like choosing the coldest day to crawl out of bed early and find motivation.
About six years ago Katie and I lived very close to one another and the gym was actually our middle point. We would meet-up almost every week day for our morning workout. It was the ultimate motivator to know someone was waiting for you! As much as you wanted to turn off the alarm, roll over and stay in bed ditching on your friend wasn’t an option.
As you may know, I am a big fan of podcasts. I listen to them on walks with Mitchell and Henry, while driving (streaming) or even while doing chores around the house. While I have several that I tune into on a regular basis, my favorite is the Jillian Michaels podcast. Her show covers all topics on health, happiness, wellness and life in an educational yet hilarious way.
Jillian is one of my fitness and wellness idols; I love her approach to life and her humor, which is very prevalent in her podcast. After seeing her live and listening to her podcast, the portrayal of her as a trainer is highly skewed on The Biggest Loser (she openly talks about this on the show). I laugh out loud at almost every podcast.
All of this is to say that Jillian is an open book during her podcasts and admits that she hates working out. Say what?!
Yup, she does not like working out but has found activities she enjoys and has found her why, which she says is the key to sticking with your workouts.
I often talk to people who want to workout but can’t find the motivation to start or stick with it. Or I will hear that they dread working out. Or (the worst) want something to lose 10 lbs fast.
One common question is how I find the motivation to workout. What gets me motivated is my why.
A why is the reason behind doing something, anything really.
Why do you workout?
Is it to fit into a certain pair of jeans? To keep your heart healthy? To achieve a goal such as running a race? To get in another chat with your best friend?
^Post Kona Hot Chocolate Run with my girlfriends.
Once you have your why working out, or any resistance you may be feeling in life, is easier to overcome.
So the next time you think you don’t want to do something, think about why it is in your life in the first place. If you want to achieve your goals you have to do the work. And if it isn’t serving you, kick it to the curb.
I workout to feel good mentally and physically, to push my limits, find peace, have some time alone and to catch up with friends. Working out is not always about the number of reps I can crank out or my fastest mile (sometimes it is!), sometimes it is about honoring what your body needs. And lately I have needed some human interaction. So I was up, out the door and spent a wonderful morning with my best friend sweating it out.
While I am not a personal trainer, physical fitness is part of my approach to ultimate happiness that I help my clients find in Health Coaching. We work on setting goals in all aspects of life and set steps along the way to achieve those goals. I have worked with clients who want to lose weight, gain weight and movement has always been a part of the discussion because treating our bodies right is so important – we only have one! If you want to chat more about motivation, goals or finding your happiness or to find out more, check out my HC page!
Do you workout? What is your favorite form of movement?