Keeping fitness motivation simple can be really hard to do. I like to make a plan but know that I can get lost in any plan. But on the other hand, if I do not have a plan then I find it really difficult to get out of the door and maintain any level of consistency.
Fitness is the main reason I keep doing what I’m doing and I want to do this for a long time. I do not mind adapting to the various stages of life. But, I really want to do my best to keep fit. Being fit helps me climb stairs, help others, and generally have a whole lot of fun.
Fitness, mainly the running that I do helps me mainly in three ways; my knees work;), my circulation is much better and I sleep so well.
What does fitness look like for you? What do you like to do?
If you like to walk, then walk – that is your fitness. Just do not start out too soon or go too far. I’m not a huge fan of the gym, but for some – it is the best! The one thing to remember is to keep going to the gym or keep going for a walk.
The fitness that I have gained, I built over a long period of time. I started really slowly and my goals were small. They were big to me then.
No matter what you are aiming for, every day you get going, the closer you will get to your goal. In a couple of weeks, you’ll be fitter, guaranteed!
There is no first prize for you or for me to the rate or speed that we actually get fit. It is just so important that we all get fitter. This will do us all the world of good.
I can complicate anything because my mind races all the time and I can see all and any obstacles or variations. So fitness motivation and keeping it simple is a very real challenge for me!
Motivations, the will, and the want to get out of the door are always being challenged.
Motivation can make or break any good fitness intentions that I have. When I forget why I am doing this then it is easy just to stay indoors and curl up on my bed. Don’t forget your why! It is important.
Having the reasons why I do this helps me along the way. Somedays when I am tired or busy then I know that I’d prefer to stay at home but when I remember why I am doing this, this is what keeps me going.
I have found a couple of ways for me to stay the course. They will help you too.
I like to keep it simple. Breaking it down into bite-sized chunks works for me every time. Keeping it real is also helpful for me. This is what success looks like to me. If I do not know or if I do not know what is expected of me, then I just can’t get it done.
You may have a one-year or a five-year plan. That is fine, but start with one week and then grow it to one month. As you increase it to two months then have a look at some training plans. There are so many good ones out there.
Start small and first off start working on simple consistency. Right there is where success is built, and rewards are gained.
Simple success is putting on your walking or running shoes, once, twice or however many times you have decided, and getting out of the door. It simply starts there!
No bells or whistles, just get out of the door.
Keep this up and you’ll enjoy the bells and whistles when you sign up for your first race. I promise you, it is worth it.
I am convinced that everyone is as busy or not as busy as they would like to be. I fall into the trap of busyness too and then the exercise takes a back seat.
Seasons in life of course make different pressures on us too, this is a reality.
That is why I’d like to encourage you to keep trying to build in the habit and routine so that when changes happen, you can tone back for a season and then increase to maintain when you can.
keeping it real
When I have a realistic look at my work and family commitments then I know how to build in the routine of fitness. I have to be honest and real. If I overschedule myself then I have no one else who can exercise for me and then it falls away. When that happens then I have to deal with two things, one disappointment in myself and frustration because I need the outdoors and fresh air.
I try to keep it real so that I can experience success, and then this motivates me to keep on going. This then makes it fun because I am getting fitter and I’m outside.
challenges are real
Sometimes life happens. Some seasons are busy and none of us can do anything about that and then sometimes an injury or sickness slows this all right down.
If up to that season, you’ve maintained your fitness then I believe you will be able to weather it with grace, success, and joy. Picking yourself up again after this season then becomes a little bit easier and you are constantly getting fitter.
I’ve overdone it too, of course! When I listen to my body, and know the season, just quickly then I always find that I bounce back quicker each time. I never have to start from scratch again. That is a win for me and it can be for you too.
Keep your exercise routine simple. Fitness motivation will then be done when you keep it simple.
Keeping it consistent and loving the success will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step.
How have you dealt with or not dealt with your success or failures?
Let me know in the comments, I’d love to learn from you too.
Happy running, walking, or whatever you love doing. See you out there.