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Turning motivation into momentum

Let’s talk about a mysterious thing called motivation. Motivation is fickle. We have all had bouts of motivation where you think: “I am ready to start this fitness program,” or “I am going sugar free” or “I am going to train to run the Brisbane marathon.” Then, three days later your best intentions fly out the window. Motivation comes and goes for everyone. One day you feel like you can move a mountain, the next day you don’t want to leave the house. Motivation is an example of how strong our mind is when we are functioning at optimal levels mentally.

Motivation is a fleeting sense of determination which makes you believe you can accomplish anything and then it fades. But let me tell you a little secret, this is the same for everyone. Everyone has days when the last place they want to go is the gym. So what is the difference between people who achieve their goals and those who don’t? The people who achieve their fitness goals don’t rely on motivation, they create good habits and stick to them.

People who have created good habits have used their motivation to create momentum. Motivation is impossible to sustain for long periods of time, but you can make changes to your life today that can make the effects of motivation remain. So how do you capitalise on motivation and create the lasting change you need to achieve your fitness goals?

  • Prioritise your health by making time to exercise. Schedule time for fitness in your diary like you would a meeting or appointment and don’t cancel!
  • Exercise with someone to help keep you accountable. When you are going to the gym on your own it’s easy to turn the car around and go home. It’s different if your friend is there waiting for you – you don’t want to let them down.
  • Do something you enjoy. You might like lifting weights, you might like going to a spin class. Whatever it is, find something you enjoy doing – you are much more likely to stick with it.
  • Exercise earlier in the day. Everybody is busy. Between work, traffic, family commitments and paying the bills the days can slip away and all of a sudden your exercise program suffers. By exercising earlier in the morning you are less likely to skip your training due to other commitments or fatigue. Our resolve and determination is also at its strongest in the morning.

It’s time to motivate yourself and make a commitment to regular exercise. YMCA Brisbane has 6900 fitness members across five locations, join them and try out some classes. For more information visit: www.ymcabrisbane.org