What's Your Motivation
The list of excuses we tell ourselves to get
out of exercising is endless: I don't have time. I hate gyms.
I'm just not athletic.
But one of the biggest saboteurs of avoiding aerobic activity,
lifting weights or participating in a regular fitness regimen is -
not so surprisingly - a lack of motivation.
So, how do you leap over exercise inertia and burn with workout
desire? Try having a chat with yourself about the rewards. And
repeat often. By voicing the realistic benefits of fitness, you
move toward results, says Gregory Chertok, a sports psychology
counselor and a spokesman for the American College of Sports
"The mind guides action," he says. "Positive self-talk is an
effective tool in keeping a commitment to exercise."
If you can't find the right words, try one of these motivational
"I want to play with my grandkids." Rather than
yourself, make the target of exercise your family. Tell yourself
being fit is a guarantee for longevity - a healthy contract that
enables you to live long enough to enjoy your grandchildren.
"Those skinny jeans will fit." Dangle those
tight and overpriced jeans you pushed to the back of the closet as
an exercise carrot to get in shape. Literally keep the jeans on
display during workouts to remind yourself you fit into them once
and you will again.
"I can't afford to be sick." Being unhealthy
can take a heavy financial and emotional toll on an individual,
from missing work to paying for prescriptions. Every time you want
to step off that treadmill, remember it's money in the savings
account if you keep moving.
"What do I have to lose?" Answer: Nothing -
except inches and stress. Even in small increments, exercise is an
easy and accessible way to gain control of your health, whether you
need to lose weight, reduce your blood pressure or improve your
- By Sally Clasen