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Having the motivation to exercise is so valuable and I'm intrigued by the different motivators. It's a little ironic that just as I start to keep an account of all that I do in my day to stay in some kind of shape, that I am feeling quite demotivated.
This lack of motivation seemed a good starting point for my blog as it is so important. If we exercise because we are really motivated - really into working out to get results - we put so much more effort in and get better results which can lead to greater motivation. However if we are just going through the motions - our effort may be reduced - and so to will the results, which can lead to the 'why bother' feeling.
So whilst getting the right exercise is important - so to is the intensity, which is reliant upon motivation!
I tend to go through different phases –
some of the time I am really motivated to exercise and I go mad at
various times in the day – whenever I get a chance to exercise.
However the last couple of days I am really lacking motivation to
Even though I am really busy at the moment, I know this isn't the real reason as some days when I'm really busy - I still slot short bursts of exercise into my day. Even if we are busy and unable to devote a whole hour to working out we can all spare just 1 minute. If during this minute we just exercise one muscle to the point where it fails or until it screams at you to stop, then the muscle will build and grow stronger. This is a good feeling as we can feel virtuous – knowing that we have improved at least one of our muscles in as little as 1 minute.
In fact writing this has helped me – as I have just exercised my forehead muscles. It just took me a couple of minutes and I now feel a tight warm feeling on my forehead which is great as I am now thinking that at least in a very small way I have just reduced the deep furrows I have in my forehead.
That said I have been doing this exercise for over a year and have only gained a small improvement, but at least it is an improvement and not a decline that I would get if I did nothing.
This has inspired me to now do another exercise, and perfectly demonstrates how momentum can be the key. When the tide of momentum is there the motivation to exercise is greater and greater, but when the momentum is in reverse it can be harder to stay motivated.
This blog I realise is going to help me as much as you (I hope it may help you) as I started writing this to just explain how I to can struggle to be motivated, yet I have now just realised about the momentum aspect!
I genuinely had not thought about this before and if I had not written this page I do wonder if I would have had such cause to analyse the reason for my waning motivation.
I am intrigued by this aspect now and before I write any more I will have a think and analyse this further – the link between motivation and momentum I feel could be quite an important one.