It’s 5:00 in the morning, you went to bed at midnight, and you have a huge work project that you need to present today. The last thing you want to do is get up, put on your workout clothes, walk outside to the freezing cold, and go workout for an hour. But you do it anyways. You have a great FLEXX workout, and it sets the tone for the rest of your day. You notice you are more energetic at work, and you gave a great presentation that even your boss complimented you on. At lunch, when everyone goes out for lunch and orders pizza, you stick to a nice lean protein and a ton of vegetables. Everyone else comes back to the office, lethargic and slow, while you are full of energy ready to take on whatever comes next throughout the day. All of this started, because of the workout you had no desire to go to, but went to anyways.
Motivation is very fickle. It lasts for short bursts, and it comes with a ton of intensity and lofty goals, but typically ends with burnout and more frustration. Don’t get me wrong, most people start working out because of a new goal that has motivated them, which is great! The problem is that it typically doesn’t last for the long haul. This is where we have to rely on discipline. Discipline is showing up day in and day out, no matter what the weather is outside, or how bad of a day you might have been having. Discipline, not motivation, is what will help you achieve your goals. No one is every motivated 100% of the time, but the discipline is what gets them through the door. Once you are through that door, you realize how much you enjoyed the workout, and how good you feel about yourself for doing something that you had no desire to do.
A couple tips to help you improve your discipline to help you reach your fitness goals are:
- Tell a coach, or another member, the next workout you will be coming to for that week. This will let someone else help hold you accountable and keep you on track.
- Workout with a buddy! Chances are at least one of you will have some sort of motivation to workout, and keep you coming on a consistent basis! It’s also super convenient that we have our buddy workout voucher for this month, so bring a friend on us!
- Plan ahead with your family, or in your planner, your specific workout times for the week. Just like how you might have to stay late at work one day and schedule this with your family. Prioritize your health, and your goals, and make sure you schedule time for yourself during each week!
Motivation is what gets you to walk through the door, but discipline is what gets you to keep showing up.