Tips on how to stay motivated with exercise
Have you ever started doing something with the best intentions, only to lose motivation and give up halfway through? Maybe you started a new exercise program and quit after a few weeks (or days). All along, you know that if you just stuck it out, you would get the desired results. But crikey, it’s hard to stay consistent long enough.
I confess: Sometimes, I don’t want to teach my classes.
Whether it’s due to the weather, lack of sleep or general slothness, I think, “Wouldn’t it be nice to do nothing.”
Let’s face it; fitness is hard for most people.
Without some accountability, it’s easy to fall off the wagon and feel overwhelmed by trying to get back on.
Being a full-time fitness instructor has been a great way to keep me on track because when I commit to a class, I turn up for that class. As much as I wish I could have the willpower to go for a run or ride my bike every day, the reality is that my motivation comes and goes, and when it does, it’s nice to know that if I’m scheduled for a class, I can’t just bail out (or at least not quickly).
Plus, one of my best motivators is knowing that other people depend on me. When I know people are showing up for a group fitness class, I will want to ensure I am there. My ego will not allow me to let other people down. That is something I can’t live with.
The other benefit is that there is no excuse to skip the workout because that’s what being a professional is all about. You are part of a community of people who motivate others and help them set their goals, so you must walk the talk yourself.
Being a professional means constantly thinking about what exercises we’ll be doing next and how I can increase the intensity or make it more fun and exciting. This also satisfies another motivational driver: the opportunity to share my knowledge with others who may not know what they’re doing yet and want to get fitter/stronger/healthier. I love showing them different exercises or how they can modify specific movements to get stronger without hurting themselves.
Trust me; I certainly would not be going to the effort if this was for my own fitness goals.
Teaching a group fitness class requires concentration and focus, reducing the mental space my brain has to create excuses and justify skipping a workout. With participants depending on me, I know I must show up and lead by example. Accountability makes it easier for me to stay committed to my goals.
Even when the Covid pandemic hit, I realised how amazing what a little accountability can do.
Posting on social media about a free class made me appear even when I knew I wasn’t being paid. It kept me sane and healthy, and I avoided the excessive slothness that I knew I had the potential to do. So, in the end, I am happy that I chose this career as a group fitness instructor because it helps other people and it helps me to move a priority.
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