Creating the motivation to exercise takes more than just getting excited about reaching your goals or future results. As a matter of fact, lack of motivation is often due to the exerciser not seeing results soon enough and is largely responsible for those New Years exercise Resolutions gone awry. So how can you finally learn how to create exercise motivation that will get you through the training plateaus and persevere through life’s ups and downs?
A lot of experts resort to scare tactics, telling their clients that if they don’t exercise, they’ll end up getting sick and probably dieing soon enough. Others take a more subtle approach by asking their clients if they’d like to be around long enough to see their kids grow older. I’m not against scare tactics, as they are often true statements or based on questions that touch a chord in the human psyche.
One of my favorite exercise motivators is explaining all of the benefits they’ll receive by exercising regularly. Even better, the benefits go WAY beyond just healthy outcomes. I’m taking about beneficial spill over effects that will impact your career, all of your relationships; intimate, family, friends & professional, your mood, your outlook on life, how you deal with or overcome adversity, etc.
Five years ago when my father was tragically murdered, at first, I didn’t want to live anymore. I couldn’t imagine living life without my best friend. I could have easily retreated from life and just taken it or could have gotten myself into big trouble with by resorting to plenty of other negative outlets.
Instead, I went toward what I knew would help balance me out emotionally. It was exercise! Exercise Absolutely Saved My Life! I know that’s a bold statement, but let me explain how it did. I was very angry and quite frankly, I wanted to hurt the people who hurt my dad. I knew that if I did something stupid, I would only end up hurting my family more. Exercise became my tool to help release much of that anger. I literally took a lot of anger out on the weights. I had hundreds of late night workouts, where I cried myself through each and every set and rep. This was my way of dealing with my pain and it was in and of itself my exercise motivator. I wanted to feel less pain and by the time each workout was over, I actually felt much better and less depressed. Now if that isn’t a great motivator to exercise, I don’t know what else would be.
I forced myself to get up every morning at 5:00 am to train. I knew that starting my day with exercise would only help me feel much better for the rest of the day. That motivated be to get up and get going. I also was privileged to have the help of some good friends who held me accountable to get to the gym on time and give it all I had.
Exercise Motivators must be developed by first answering the “Why” you want to exercise in the first place. What’s in it for you? What are the real underlying benefits you’ll gain from exercising? Just like no one just wants to accumulate money – Money is nothing more than a piece of paper or a metal trinket. It’s the value that the money brings to you that you want. Exercise works very much the same way and is worth Much more than money is. Maybe the value that you get from exercise is paid to you with the release of powerful endorphins that improve your mood and make you feel happier. Maybe it’s the confidence you gain by knowing that the workout you just completed just added some extra time to your life and how 4 workouts each week will give you a very high probability for a much longer life to spend with your loved ones. Perhaps it’s the stress release that exercise afforded you, allowing you to be more resilient, helping you come up with solutions to problems that would have bogged you down in the past. The productivity that many exercisers experience can help you navigate your way around any obstacle. These are benefits that are common outcomes from people who partake in an exercise lifestyle. Those are powerful Exercise Motivators.
It’s not just about losing weight, it’s more about fitting in your clothes more comfortably, which will boost your confidence and turn what you thought would be a tough day into one of the best days of your life. It’s not just about looking better, it’s more about being treated with dignity and commanding great respect because people see that you take pride in yourself. These are the “Why’s”. Why do you really want to exercise? Do you want to look sexier, so that you can effortlessly attract the opposite sex? That’s a “Why”. Maybe you want to appear physically stronger, as it gives the impression of leadership qualities. Don’t you think an employer would admire someone who can lead? There are many more qualities that make someone a leader than just building a great looking body, but you’d be one or several steps ahead, as the initial attention will be on you! These are investments into yourself and they are more valuable than anything else you’ve ever worked on before.
When you work on yourself through exercise, to develop a strong physical and emotional foundation (they often go hand in hand), you’ll become stronger in every aspect of your life and you’ll be in a position to take better care of those who need help, those who need you!
Here is a list of Exercise Motivators that should inspire you to get moving!
James Villepigue CSCS
James Villepigue, CSCS is an International Best Selling Author of over 22 books. Over the last 8 years, he has built one of the most successful fitness book franchises in history.
He has been involved in the health and fitness industries for over 17 years. With over one million copies of James’ books sold, he has helped many hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world—of all ages and from all walks of life—achieve extraordinary results to their body’s & their lives.
James is most passionate about sharing his mastery of getting people in their absolute best shape.
James has appeared on and is the Featured Fitness Trainer of “The Regis & Kelly Show" , The Maury Show and many other TV and radio shows. In addition to his books, he has written for national magazines like Fitness, Women's World, Muscle-Mag, Oxygen, Cosmopolitan, Self and Marie Claire.
James earned degrees from the New York College of Health Professions and Hofstra University, and is a graduate of the highly acclaimed Institute for Professional Empowerment Life/Business Coaching. He is Nationally Certified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS©), under The NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association), a certified personal trainer with ACE (American Council on Exercise), ISSA (The International Sports Science Association) and the NBFE (National Board of Fitness Examiners).