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motivation

Motivation – is key to realizing your health, fitness and life goals. To me – without motivation I would just end up being a blob of organic matter – being alive in basic definition, but not in a reality that is meaningful and fulfilling.
Websters defines Motivation as:
•the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something • the act or process of motivating someone
•the condition of being eager to act or work : the condition of being motivated
•a force or influence that causes someone to do something

Interestingly enough for me my ‘motivation’ for things have changed as I have changed, grown and matured and I’m sure that’s the case for most of us. From the perspective of health and fitness – my motivation to get fit has evolved over the years. As a young boy I was not athletic, extremely overweight, uncoordinated and basically uninterested…

Right around the time of puberty I grew tired of the many taunts I had heard through the years – ‘Hey Fattie’, Fatso, the sound of Moo’s and so on. We all know how cruel kids can be to one another. Those seemingly endless jabs and insults pushed me or ‘motivated’ me to exercise, lose weight and basically change my life.

The up side of that change was 1) I felt better physically and mentally and 2) I looked better and began to receive more positive attention (again it made me feel better mentally). The down side was that I was motivated to make these changes for all the wrong reasons – and those reasons were based upon what other people thought about me and how I looked – not how I really felt inside or  what I wanted. I was the product of my environment.

It wasn’t until I began to move through life and mature that I realized that health and fitness was so much more than 6 pack Abs, 7 % body fat and big biceps. Don’t get me wrong – having those attributes is certainly nice, but it doesn’t and shouldn’t define who you are and how you live. Health and Fitness is something that comes from the inside out and truly should be motivated by a desire to be healthy, to have an improved sense of well being, to function well and to have an enhanced quality of life.

So I ask you – what is your ‘Motivation’ for a healthy life?

It’s that time of year when everyone feels compelled to examine their lives, goal set, plan, and re-prioritize in the hopes of making a change for the better. We Prime Males are not exempt from this behavior and as such we can really use this time to make a positive change for the better. Hey, you don’t have to hit the ground running on January 1, you just need to hit the ground and begin to move ahead. Take some time to assess and reassess your life and determine things that work and things that don’t work.Take stock of your thoughts and actions and remember those are basically the only things that we really have any control over.

If you want to start the New Year off with an updated and re-energized plan to improve your fitness level and wellness outlook begin first by being realistic and coming up with a realistic game plan on just how to do that. Starting a new fitness regime takes time to not only first establish the healthy habit but also time to achieve your goal – no matter what that is. What’s important here is that what you are really trying to do is to establish a healthy lifestyle plan for the rest of your life, not a short-term fix which ends up letting you down. Focus and be realistic.

My Fitness and wellness advice is to first focus on improving your physical function in your daily life. Functioning well as a human being – whether you walking, sitting,standing, driving a car can add years to your life and take years off your outlook. I digress here to a quote by Joseph Pilates on his interpretation of physical fitness. ‘…the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure’.

Be patient and be persistent in your goals – as they say Rome was not built in a day. Realize that you may take a step back here or there but as long as you are persistent you will always be moving forward. And remember to take the time to not only exercise your body, but also your mind. Go on, move ahead – after all what have you got to lose!