The Secret To My Motivation

Remember when I blogged about fitness?? I haven’t done that in a while. My apologies. I feel like, as a personal trainer, I have this wealth of fitness knowledge and it is my duty to share. But at the same time, I’ve developed this strained relationship with fitness since I fell and broke my arm.

In other words, if I can’t do it, I don’t wanna talk about it.

But that doesn’t mean I’ve given up on fitness altogether. In fact, I still workout five days a week regardless of my injury.

A lot of people tell me I’m crazy to still do it.

“If I were you, I’d be on the couch eating ice cream all day.”

Tempting? Definitely. An actual option? No way.

You see, fitness isn’t about motivation. It’s not about wanting to do it. It’s not even about goals or the desire to look good.

It’s about doing it because you have to.

I really hate doing laundry. But if I stopped doing it, my clothes would get disgusting and I’d become really unhygienic. I think of working out the same way. It’s just another activity that needs to get done over the course of the day. Some days, it really invigorates me and I love it. Other days, I do it because not doing it would be like leaving my laundry to pile up.

But my best advice for getting yourself up and working out?

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STOP OBSESSING ABOUT IT.

Just stop it.

Stop stressing about the miles you need to cover in your next long run. Stop stressing about if it’s going to rain during your bike ride tomorrow. Stop arguing with yourself as to whether you should go home early instead of going to the gym. Just stop it. Don’t let yourself think about it anymore. When it comes time to get out the door and get moving, don’t even think about the things you’d rather be doing. Just go automatically without giving it any depth of thought.

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When I finish my day at work, I don’t let myself think that skipping the gym is even an option. I turn off that part of my brain and drive to the gym without any second thought.

If I’m really dreading a workout, then I change it up. Something as simple as a new song playlist or new lifting move is enough to get me at least interested in a workout.

When it comes to running, I love discovering new trails!! The above photos are of the one I so far like the best here at home. Fine gravel trail, away from traffic, and next to the water.

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That would be Moncton off in the distance. A lot different than the skyline view I had from my running trail in Toronto!

Anyways, that is my biggest secret for keeping “motivation.” The fact that is has nothing to do with motivation at all. It doesn’t hurt to choose workouts that you actually enjoy though. Because most days, I’d still rather go running than do laundry.

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Posted on May 26, 2011, in Move It Monday. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Christina aka Mom

    Great post Susie – as you know I have not been good about exercise of late – I am going to stop obsessing and just do it…

  2. Hi Susan! This is my first time commenting and I just wanted to say that I love your blog! For many reasons, but one of the main ones being that you’re from the maritimes. I am as well- i’m from Nova Scotia :).

  3. I love your scenery! I grew up in a small town, and have moved to a bigger area, so I do miss the “scenic routes.” Makes me a bit nostalgic :-)

  4. I love this! One of the reasons why working out first thing is easy for me is because my morning pre-workout motions have become so automatic . I’m up and out the door before I really know what’s going on :)

    • Definitely! I think that’s why people who workout in the morning are generally more successful with sticking with it. Going after work gives you aaaallll day to talk yourself out of it ;)

  5. LOVE that first picture, I want that trail by my house! You are SO right about the obsessing, 100%. Thanks for the reminder, I was getting into that slump there for a little while.

  6. I think it’s a great acheivment to be able to think of exercise in this manner! I think it’s pretty awesome you still workout 5 days a week, girl :)

  7. I Love this post! I no longer go to the gym dreading what I am about to do TO my body, I’m excited about what I am doing FOR my body.

  8. I 100% agree with you. I always tell people that it takes 2 weeks to develop a habit. Just put one foot in front of the other for 2 weeks and before you know it, it’ll just be part of your routine!

  9. GREAT POST I am going to try to work on this :)

  10. Nike knows what they are talking about when they say….”Just do it.”

  11. Can I just say we are so on the same wavelength lately? Love the laundry analogy. :)

  12. LOOOOVE this post. so, so true. we often get all hot and bothered about working up the motivation to get out the door and workout. if we just sucked it up and went, we’d probably be done with the workout in the amount of time we’d otherwise spend obsessing about whether or not to go.

  13. This is such a great perspective!! I’ve actually been getting a lot better at this without really trying to in the past year. I just don’t stress as much about working out. And here’s the funny thing: I always thought that if I DIDN’T stress out about working out, then I wouldn’t do it, but the opposite has turned out to be true. I run more miles than I ever used to–because I WANT to. Maybe all the wasted energy I spent worrying before is left over for me to actually get out there and DO it now. Huh. That’s what my Mom always used to say about doing homework too. ;)

  14. I loved this post! I definitely only work out because I have to.

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