In fitness it’s how you spend your time, not how long you spend working out. If you only have a few minutes, that’s okay. A few minutes spread through out the day can add up to a 30 minute workout, do that a few times a week and before your know it you’re seeing and feeling a HUGE difference.
The biggest excuse people give me when it comes to their health is there isn’t enough time for a consistent fitness program, when more often than not, you have more than enough time. Too much time causes a lack of structure and can lead to laziness and lack of motivation. Don’t look for motivation to jump start you out of bed in the morning and make you want to run to your gym or outside for a power walk before work.
Motivation isn’t there, you won’t find it waiting for you, knocking you upside the head with a feeling of excitement to go exercise. Very few people experience that–so how do you get motivated for your Heart Smart Minute fitness plan? Simply this, STOP LOOKING for MOTIVATION, JUST MOVE YOUR BODY. Motivation comes from the habit of doing. Motivation comes from consistency and doing a little each and every day, even when you don’t want to. Motivation comes from being able to put your head on the pillow at night and know you’ve done your best for your body and yourself. DISCIPLINE leads to HABITS, which cause RESULTS, which give you the MOTIVATION needed to continue.
It’s not enough to say you want to lose weight, get strong, stop your arthritis from crippling your body, or get rid of junk food, you have to be disciplined enough to control your actions to achieve your goal. It’s not meant to be easy, anyone who tells you such a goal will be easy and fun all the time is lying to you.
I often tell new clients to write down five realistic goals on a piece of paper, copy that sheet and put it in the rooms your frequent the most in your home, such as your bathroom, kitchen, or den. Every time you see the sheet you are to say the goals you’ve written down aloud. Let your mind hear you say it over and over, creating a memory and discipline of success. This way, everything stays front and center in your mind. So, are you the person who does this every time you see your goals? Do you have the discipline to create the motivation? Or are you the person who passes over the sheet and never takes the 10 seconds to say your goals to yourself? That is the difference between those who achieve their goals and those who put it off to another day.
MOTIVATION is the byproduct of discipline. DISCIPLINE is the key to unlocking your endless possibility.
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