Of course, in a perfect, ideal world, becoming fitter and therefore becoming
healthier should be sufficient motivation for any rational person to begin
working out tomorrow.
Sadly, the world is neither perfect nor ideal, and for many millions of people all over the planet, taking those critical first steps along the fitness ‘road’ is just too troublesome and time-consuming. In effect, it is just that much easier to do nothing than it is to make the initial effort.
There is, in other words, a distinct lack of motivation, so nothing gets done
because that is simply easier! So, how is it possible to find the motivation to get up off your backside and start exercising, especially when life is so busy?
The answer is that you must create a goal or objective for yourself. It is no use at all telling yourself that you want to get fitter or be healthier. You must establish exactly why you want to do this, what it is that you will
gain by becoming a sleeker, fitter new you.
And, I would suggest that the chances are almost 100% certain that, if you
have not started exercising yet because of a lack of motivation, then you have not yet set your goal in place. So, try to move away from thinking about the idea of exercise or being fitter as an end in itself.
Realize that it is nothing more than a means to help you reach a goal that
you set for yourself, a way of arriving at a personal objective that you are
determined to reach.
Only you can decide what this goal will be. However, it must be significant enough to justify the efforts that you will have to put in to achieve it. Plus, it is crucial that you make the goal a very specific one too, as this gives you a
point of focus. It is this focus that will keep you going when times get tough.
For example, many years ago, I decided together with a group of friends that our New Year resolution would be to ‘get fit’. Some guys left it at that and within days had quietly dropped out of training.
They did not put their specific goal in place and, thus, they had little or no
motivation. They had no target and, without any target to aim at, how would they ever know when they had shot a bull’s-eye?
They didn’t know where they were going, so what hope could they ever
have of knowing when they arrived at their destination? Two of us, however, did set our own very specific objectives. We were going to run a half marathon first, but not just ‘a’ (that is, any) half marathon.
It was going to be a specific half-marathon on a particular date in a town 20
kilometers from home. Then we would follow that up with a specific (full) marathon on a specific date, one of the most famous marathons in the world, in fact.
In both cases, our goals were clearly established, tied to specific events,
dates and locations. With those in place, everything else could be built
around those objectives. Because of that, yes, we stuck with it and competed in both events. And, yes, I’ve still got the medals to prove it!
Now, in this example, our objectives were also based around and centered
upon being fit (running to get fit, so that we could contest a marathon) but it
does not have to be so. You can set whatever goal you want, as long as getting fitter is something you must start to do in order to hit that target.
A seriously overweight friend, for example, decided that he was going to
buy himself a sleek new sports car, but the fact of the matter was that,
without a serious reduction in size, he simply was not able to fit behind the
That was his objective, and, every time he felt himself wavering, he would
simply visit the car showroom to remind himself exactly why he needed to
get fit and lose weight.
And, again, he too was successful, because he had a clear tangible target for
which he was aiming. So, motivate yourself to start exercising by choosing your own specific objective that can only be achieved by getting fitter.
Answer that question, and finding the motivation to start should no longer be an issue for you.