You read that right. Fuck motivation.
I say that because the motivation most people use to get to the gym could actually be negating their results.
I’m sure you and I are alike on some days. Some days you love to work out and other days you loathe the idea.
Some days you don’t even really know which mood you’re going to get when you walk out the door.
And we know that showing up is half the battle.
If you train with me then you have heard me say it over and over again, “It’s not that you should want to train forever, but you should want to have the ability to train forever.” So doing a little something each day should NOT come from motivation of losing weight, getting strong, increasing mobility, or the dumb ass marathon you signed up for.
The motivation should come from your desire to have the ability to train 70 years from now.
Yes, add 70 years to your current age and you should want to live and have the ability to take a nice walk around the neighborhood for at least that much longer.
But the problem stems from the idea of wanting to look better. Media has helped just about every person transform their goals into looking just like the airbrushed cover model on the Women’s Fitness magazine who happened to win the good looking gene lottery and hasn’t been in a gym for most of her life. Truth.
If you flip your mindset from the cover model motivational factors to focusing on the idea of moving better and making your body feel better, then I can assure you that your body composition goals will begin to accelerate from toddler strides to leaping bounds.
So before you say “F it” and decide the couch and some lame ass reality TV show is a better option, think about what good you did for you body today. I’m certain that you have already spent the majority of your day strapped to your desk chair staring at the computer screen in a hunched over position.
I guarantee that if you just show up, you’ll find that whatever was holding you back from getting to the gym will actually fuel your workout and you’ll feel ten times better after you complete your training.
Even if you just get out for a long walk or work on some soft tissue stuff, you’ll at least be doing something good for your body and its long haul.
Check out an old interview I did for the Washingtonian Magazine Well + Being section about taking days off. There is always something you can do to better yourself.
As I mentioned above, showing up is half the battle. The other half, as I see it, is working on building an outstanding life. So reaching for the perfect cover model body isn’t going to do anything but make things worse. Work on training your body and mind to be something awesome and begin enjoying the ride.
Dedicated to your health,
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