By Tina Haupert
At the beginning of a new year, my motivation to move is at its peak. I'm ready to shape my fitness goals for the year. But as the weeks pass and winter begins to claim me, my desire for exercise diminishes.
When my drive to break a sweat is an all-time low, I use a simple trick to motivate myself: I remember feeling like after a workout. And to further motivate myself, I remember how I feel when I skip a workout. Sometimes it is this second memory that really ignites a fire!
In a perfect world, I would exercise regularly just because I like it. OK, I really enjoy doing sports ̵
Motivation is personal to everyone. Each of us has a different reason for training. For me, it's a healthy body that stays with my Feel Great Weight. Training for an event (like my first marathon) also helps me to follow a normal training schedule. I like to see myself as a sportswoman in training!
When it comes to finding what I really enjoy, that's what motivates me on the fitness level. Over the years, I've tried many different forms of exercise, from spinning to kettlebells to Bikram yoga to power walking. If I spend my training hours doing what I enjoy, I'll probably stick to my sweat session no matter what. I was not particularly good at strength training alone (I found it really boring), so fellowship and the support of a class system helped with my fitness goals. The regular classes have completely changed my attitude and now I train all the time! If you like my training, it's much easier to stick to it.
What motivates you to exercise?