Quite often I get messages asking me to write about what keeps me motivated to continue my workouts. And I have never written about it because I always thought my reasons are the same as anyone else’s or that others might find my reasons too trivial. Basically, I have had my share of inhibitions in sharing them but I also understand that it’s unfair to my blog not to.
Not too long ago, I used to struggle to workout until it finally became a part of my routine and there is so much I have gained from being physically fit that there is no other way I would have it. Come to think of it, that in itself is one of the reasons which keeps me motivated. Here are a few more.
1) My son – I started taking care of my health for the first time after two years of giving birth to my son. I hated falling sick again and again. I feel it’s my responsibility to be strong and healthy, only then I can take care good care of him. An added advantage is that I also get to lead by example.
2) Short term goals – Apart from setting a bigger target, I realised that subconsciously I break it down into smaller, achievable targets which keep me going when I want to give up. With running it used to be as small as doing 2 kms extra every week, that way missing any training run becomes tough as I know in order to achieve that target I need to be regular. When I joined Crossfit, I gave myself a target of 3 months to be able to rope climb and focused on that. It made me not want to miss my sessions and focus on my goal.
3) Visualising – Once I set a short and long term goal, I start visualising myself achieving that goal. How will I feel when I finally cross the finish line? I visualise it over and over again. This helps me not break my routine.
4) I have seen up close with in my own family, how debilitating lifestyle diseases can be and I definitely don’t want to suffer for as long as possible. And the only way to do it is to lead a healthier lifestyle and understanding that moderation is the key.
5) There is a close relation between mental and physical well-being. I have suffered from depression and anxiety and seen some family members suffer from it too. While therapy is the most important, clean food, a routine and movement are critical. I find myself drawn towards the black hole when I miss out on the routine and that’s sign enough for me to get back in to it.
Having said that, it’s never easy. Tying up the laces and getting out of the house is the biggest challenge as the mind will always try to play games. But then I realise that I have enough reasons to just get out and do it.