Staying Motivated

I have to say, probably the most difficult aspect of any fitness program is staying motivated. Sure, it’s easy when you’re seeing results right off the bat, and the notion of “working out” (yeah!) is fresh in your mind. Give it a few weeks. Maybe one or two months. How do you feel then?

A few of you may be able to answer honestly with, “yeah, I love working out! I can’t imagine not doing it!” Those few are the minority. Most of us probably have excuses for why we stopped or significantly slowed down. Hell, it’s hard to keep up a workout regimen with work, and everything else in between!

Tell me if I’m wrong, but have you ever thought to yourself, on a workout day, “I’m really not feeling this. Missing one day won’t be so bad”? The answer is most likely yes, but those of you who answered yes probably know that, if you take that day off, there is a huge potential that you’ll continue down that slippery slope to inactivity and those hard-earned gains will fade.

Now, I’m not saying that you should never miss a workout; that’s impractical. Injuries can and do happen, as well as other things that life throws at you. What you have to keep in mind is why you’re working out – look at the big picture. The opposite may help too; try to take it one workout at a time. Keep these things in mind to help you get back on track in case you lose sight of things.

The most important thing to do though, if you’re lacking in motivation, is to just get off your ass and do it! Don’t give yourself too much time to dwell on how sore you might be, or how tired you might feel – just do it. 9 times out of 10, you won’t regret it!

Here are two of my favorite motivational quotes:

“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, covered in scars, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, ‘Yahoo! what a ride!” – unknown

“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”
– George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian

Now, my legs are sore, and I’m not exactly feeling well, but I got a four mile run to do today. I’m just gonna go out there and do it. Who’s with me?


If you have tips for staying motivated, leave them in the comments section.


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