Writing my previous post about motivation, led to me discovering the possibility that momentum may be an important factor. Once we are aware and understand the link between momentum and motivation it can be harnessed to give us some great body improvements.
When I look back at periods of my life where I have struggled to exercise, it has invariably been a gradual decline. I don't just tend to stop exercising one day. Likewise I don't go from zero to exercising at 100% it generally takes a while to build.
I have for a few years always assumed that motivation to exercise was more to do with habit – once we get into the habit of exercise, it can be something we just do. However I also know in my own particular case - even though exercise and a healthy lifestyle has been a habit for many years now, I still have times when I struggle, further demonstrating that motivation is a result of many factors.
Now I have identified this link I am not going to beat myself up about not exercising enough after any periods of quiet/lazy days, but instead I am going to take heart from the fact that I am increasing the momentum, which also hopefully means that motivation will also rise!
Now I am more aware of this possibility I will also try to not let myself lose the momentum either. Once I have gained it back I will try and keep it there. However I wonder if this is impossible and I would just burn out. Perhaps exercise and momentum has to be like the ebb and flow of the tide.
If this is the case maybe the strategy is to have a gentle ebb that can be turned back to a flow of increasing momentum and motivation. Yet at the same time realising that the ebb will come and is the necessary evil to be able to gain the flow of momentum again.
Maybe I am looking a bit too deep into this now. I had intended to just write about a few exercises and lifestyle choices I make through my day, not get into the psychology of exercise!
Still at least you know that if you struggle to find motivation that you are not alone!