Following on from last week’s blog post – “Barriers to Exercise” – I feel it’s important to cover the topic of self-motivation… We can sometimes find ourselves stuck in the same old cycle; wake up, exercise, eat, work, eat, sleep, repeat. We can hit a plateau or feel like old habits are just getting us nowhere, which may not always be a bad thing if you're happy with where you are, but it’s also good to keep moving steadily along in order to notice a positive change.
My sister and I were recently talking about next stages of life – our own business’, our studying, our exercise and lifestyle choices, but we came to the idea that whatever it is you’re working towards, it’s important to ”invest in order to progress.” Setting up our own business’ we had to invest some money in the first instance in order to get ourselves started and to be able to see things grow. It’s the same concept for health and exercise – in order to be the best version of yourself, you seriously need to look at what you invest your time and/or money into, and as much as someone else can give you suggestions and guidance on how to best do this, it ultimately comes down to you and your choices.
Being a personal trainer admittedly can be challenging when someone comes to me wanting to make a huge difference to their weight, appearance or strength, for example. I can provide as much guidance and information on how best to train, or what food choices are better for you to create a healthy lifestyle – this doesn’t make much difference however if you’re not willing to make the changes for yourself. This doesn’t mean that you’ll change all your bad habits at once and everything will be perfect within a week; in fact, it’s quite the opposite. You need to be willing to make these healthy choices continuously until they become part of your lifestyle and something that you’re happy with. Depending on your starting point and the end goal, it could be a month, or it could be a year down the line – the one connecting factor, however, is SELF-MOTIVATION.