What Motivates You To Exercise?

“Should I workout today?” What comes to your mind when you are faced with this question?

Motivation is simply a desire or willingness of someone to do something that will impact their life. By now, we all know what we should or shouldn’t do to be healthy. Drink more water, eat fruits and vegetables, be physically active, etc. The common list of do’s and don’ts is very well documented and goes on and on. So why does our obesity rate continue going up in the U.S. even though education and access to healthy living resources are everywhere? Why can some people live and maintain healthy lifestyles and others can’t? Could the answer lie in motivation?

Motivation is Key

Motivation is very personalized and the source needs to be something that you can connect with and has a direct impact on you. What motivates one person may not motivate the next person. As a wellness coach, here are some “motivators” that I have heard from clients in the past.

  • Being around to care for your loved one(s)
  • Fitting into the “perfect” outfit in your closet
  • Going through a health scare (ie. heart attack, diabetes reaction)
  • Wanting to lose weight for a special life event
  • Medical practitioner talking to you about your health risks or recent diagnosis

You may be able to relate to one of these motivators or you may have something else in your life that motivates you. The key to capitalizing on your motivation is to tap into the source of your motivation consistently. Once you lose sight of the reason for your efforts, it makes it easier for the excuses to become realistic barriers to you meeting your goal.

Even though I am a Minnesota Vikings fan to the core, one of my favorite quotes on motivation is from the famous Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”

By Amanda Harty

Program Manager, To Your Health at Avera Health

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