The new year is coming, and most of us will re-commit to our fitness journey and exercise goals. But how do you keep up that momentum a couple months from now? Joe Fleming is the President at ViveHealth.com. Interested in all things related to living a healthy lifestyle, he enjoys sharing and expressing his passion through writing. Working to motivate others and defeat aging stereotypes, Joe uses his writing to help all people overcome the obstacles of life. Covering topics that range from physical health, wellness, and aging all the way to social, news, and inspirational pieces…the goal is to help others “rebel against age”.
Due to both anticipated and unanticipated events, life has a way of disrupting our workout routines. In these situations, many people understandably worry that re-establishing a good habit will be an almost impossible task. This risk is especially significant if the person recently began an exercise routine and the habit is not yet fully incorporated into the day’s activities.
Pregnancy is a great example. While it’s probably not possible to maintain a rigorous exercise routine through pregnancy, it always is possible to keep moving for almost the entire nine months. These same principles apply when other disruptions arise, like the winter holidays.
Internal v. External Motivation
Start by taking stock of the reasons you exercise. There’s nothing inherently wrong with vanity, because the desire to look good for a class reunion or fit into a smaller size can be a very powerful motivation. After all, people who say that they do not care what other people think of them usually only fool themselves.
But if vanity is your primary or exclusive motivation, that’s not a good thing. Such goals are always short term. After the reunion passes or you drop a couple of waist sizes, what happens next?
Internal motivations are much stronger and much more long-lasting. In other words, it’s better to exercise for yourself than for others. Maybe you can find your motivation in:
Wellness: Exercise strengthens mind and body, making both more resistant to age, the environment, and other outside forces. It’s also easier for healthy people to attain life goals than it is for unhealthy people.
Spirituality: If you truly believe that your body is a temple, this belief goes beyond avoiding certain activities. Instead, you’ll also want to fix up your temple by exercising your body.
Energy: This motivational source goes back to wellness. Exercise also helps people have more energy for the day-to-day and moment-to-moment activities that dominate our lives.
The proper motivation has a tremendous effect on your commitment to exercise. The stronger your motivation, the stronger your commitment.
Sometimes, external circumstances change our location as opposed to just our schedules. An adult child might unexpectedly draw caregiver duty or the 10 percent travel requirement might suddenly become 25 percent.
In cases like these, it’s important to remember that your exercise routine is not connected to a specific jogging route through the neighborhood or gym near your house. Instead, your exercise routine can come to you, with things like resistance bands that are adaptable for any location, even a hotel room or a guest room. With bands, it’s also easy to add or subtract resistance, so there is even more flexibility as your needs change.
Track Your Progress
One great way to stay motivated at home or away from home is to never forget what you looked and felt like before you began exercising. For many people, a fitness routine means more daily energy, less chronic pain, and a higher overall sense of well-being and pride. A refusal to go back to the way things were before should be part of your motivation to stay fit during trying times.
Almost inevitably, challenges will come to your fitness routine. These challenges may only last a few hours or they may last a few years. Either way, you have the tools to persevere and reach the goals that you have worked so hard to attain.