I’m feeling a bit inspired today, so I wanted to talk about motivation. Specifically, motivation to work out. If you’re not a fan of the cheesy inspirational stuff, feel free to peace out ’till tomorrow. No hard feelings.
My thoughts are inspired by a run I had the other day at the gym. I’ve been testing out a new workout app called Skyfit, which I’ll tell you more about later when I’ve had the chance to use it more. Essentially, though, it’s guided workouts with trainers talking in your ear and guiding you through a program.
This particular workout had a guy guiding me through a tough interval run. At one particularly tough part, he said, “Keep going, what’s motivating you? Why are you here?” The very first thought that popped into my head as my feet pounded was……
“To Be Awesome”
As soon as I thought it, I laughed out loud. That’s what I came up with? To be awesome?? Good grief, Kelly…… Then, I started to think about what I SHOULD have thought…..To live a longer life. To have a healthy heart. To have more energy. To look good in a bikini? Nah, that one seemed shallow, even it’s true.
I thought about it for a couple more minutes, then started to wonder, “Wait, what’s wrong with wanting to be awesome?” If you think about it, that’s a pretty damn good reason to throw on some sneakers and work up a sweat.
The feeling of getting faster, stronger, fitter, more….well, awesome. Who doesn’t want to feel that way? I love when I get stronger in yoga and can hold a tough pose longer than I could a week ago.
I love running sprints until my legs feel like jello because it means I just might be able to outrun the zombies should the apocalypse ever happen. And yes, I’ve pictured it in my mind during especially tough intervals.
Sweaty clothes sticking to your body, working until your heart pounds, until your breath gets shallow. Those things make me feel alive. I only get one body and I want to feel like I’m DOING something with it.
So many people are unable to run, or even walk. So many people want to work out and can’t. We probably all take our abilities for granted way too often, but it’s important to check ourselves and remember that working out shouldn’t be a chore. It’s not something we have to do. It’s something we get to do and I want to be grateful for every minute.
So I guess the reason I’m writing about this today is because I want you to ask yourselves, what’s motivating you? Why are you here? I started this little blog three years ago as an outlet to share my love of fitness, health, and life in general. I also hoped that somewhere along the way I would help encourage others. So whatever your motivation is to get out the door and walk, run, sprint, etc., I hope you relish that feeling of being awesome and becoming the best version of yourself. I’ll be right here cheering you on along the way!
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What motivates you?