According to Rod K. Dishman, Director of the Behavioral Fitness Laboratory at the University of Georgia USA, nearly 50 percent of people who begin an exercise program drop out within the first 6 months. The question is “Why?”. What is it about a fitness and nutrition routine that causes so many people to abandon it?
The answer …. Motivation. It is a simple fact of human psychology that if we want something badly enough, we’ll do everything we can to get it.
Your challenge is to find out what motivates you to get serious about health & fitness and stick with it.
You do not have to be part of that 50 percent who quit. You can stay committed and finish strong. It is all about finding what drives you personally.
Here are some possible motivators for you:
- Do it for your health. Consistent exercise and healthy eating are the two very best things you can do for your health. You will develop a strong, healthy heart, reduce your chances of many cancers, prevent diabetes, keep a sharp mind and resist dementia and avoid many of the common ailments that come with ageing. It is possible to age without decay, and the key to this is exercise and eating well.
- Do it to look better. Appearance isn’t everything, but most of us care how we look. A strong and healthy person just looks good. And it isn’t all physical. Your demeanor will change as you develop the confidence that comes from the discipline of fitness. You will appear more energetic and confident because you will be more energetic and confident!
- Do it to relieve stress. It isn’t a cliché. Exercising really does cause physical changes in your brain and nervous system that results in feelings of calmness and well-being. In fact, you may get so hooked on the mental benefits of exercise that you will crave it!
- Do it to be strong. If you have never done focused weight training, then you literally have no idea of the total transformation that you will feel after just a few weeks. There is nothing like bending over to pick something up that normally results in discomfort, strain and even pain, only to find out that it is a piece of cake! And by getting strong now, you reduce your risk of age-related falls and fractures because you have the core strength and balance to keep yourself stable.
It is worth taking the time to discover the powerful motivators in your life. Don’t worry about bribing yourself: do what it takes to get yourself committed to change.
Find out what makes sweating worth it. Find out what you want more than that sweet treat.
Your health and well-being is at stake in the longer term; in fact, you could be compromising more than you realise. It’s time to transform yourself now and stick with the routines that have led to that transformation.