How to Get Motivated to Workout!

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Question: I was so inspired by the Olympic Games that I decided to get in decent shape myself. I was to begin on Monday after the opening of the games. Something came up. I chose to start on Wednesday. Something came up. Well, I thought I would begin the following Monday. Something else came up. So I am writing to you to give me some method or kick in the pants to get going. What should I do?
Answer: Don’t beat yourself up too badly because yours is a common problem. Getting started is one of the most difficult phases of working out. The act of getting out of bed early enough to walk or or do anything can be overwhelming and can stem from a fear of failure. If you were planning to do your workout after work, the stress of the day can wear you out mentally and the effort it would take to go back to the gym can seem like it’s too much as well. You have to start though. You have to have a concrete goal, an attainable goal and one that can be broken down into bite-size pieces so you can reach the stepping stone goals which carry you to your ultimate prize. If you asked 10 different people if they were motivated every day to workout, the majority of them would say not every day but they would go anyway and usually within 10 minutes or so they were humming along enjoying the workout and glad they had initiated the willpower to train. That is the key because, as you have experienced, something will always come up to interfere with your plans. Excuses not to train are easy to find. Self-discipline is necessary to be successful in the gym or in anything you endeavor.
If self-discipline isn’t working for you, then finding someone with whom you are accountable is an option to get you going. Find a partner to walk with you or go to the gym. Hire a trainer to get you started and have the trainer build you a training plan.
Once you get going, you will see and feel the difference exercise makes and be further inspired to eat healthier because you will find that if you are working that hard then why eat junk and sabotage your efforts.
To be a superior athlete and make it to the Olympics is a process that builds upon itself with small successes along the way. Of course there will be setbacks and something will always try to come up but with discipline and goals you can be successful, just take it one step at a time.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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