Most of us fail in achieving our health and fitness goals and find it really hard to stay disciplined and motivated. All of us have reasons for why we fail to workout regularly. Reasons such as — Busy Schedule — No money for the equipment — Injury
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But these are not the true reasons for our failure. Fundamentally speaking a strong desire to achieve our goal is a core requirement for success. Most of us fail because we never wanted it badly enough. Everybody has busy schedule, all of us have some injury or other, but these limitations did not stop many of the extremely fit people. Many of them are not very rich either. If we want something badly enough we will find ways to overcome our limitations. So, the very first thing we need to stay motivated is to want it badly enough that we are ready to make it a priority and go through all the pains associated with it.
Once we develop a strong desire to be fit then the next thing we need to master is to develop a strong belief that we can achieve our goal. If this belief is not there then no matter how badly we want it, we will fail. In our subconscious mind we will always expect to fail and will give up before giving our 100%. So lets believe in ourselves, we can do it. All those fit people in the gym also started as beginners at some point, if they can do it then we can too.
The third and final thing that we have to understand is that, it is not going to happen overnight and yes it is going to be hard. Getting fit is not something that we do once and then we are done, it is a lifestyle. We need to make it a habit or to be more precise an addiction. How can we make it an addiction? Studies have shown we develop addictions through a loop of cue, action and reward. We get a cue from our surroundings, which makes us perform an action, which give us reward. Once we have consumed our reward the lack of it acts as a cue and we perform the action again to get the reward again, the loop keeps going, until our body gets so used to the reward that we crave it more and more and we have developed an addiction. This is how we develop habits such as smoking or drugs. However, you can also develop good habits such as exercising with the same approach.
When you see that you are unfit, this acts as a cue for you to perform exercise, which is the action, it releases in your brain happy hormones such as endorphins during exercise and dopamine after you see progress. This hormones release is your reward. Once you repeat this loop a number of times, your body will get used to it. At that point if you stop working out, your body will go into a withdrawal and you will crave to exercise, just like a drug addict craves for drugs. Congratulations you now cannot live without exercising, as it has become an addiction.
The only thing that stops us from making it an addiction is to repeat this loop a number of times to get addicted. This is where goals come in. You need to set up an ambitious goal and strive to achieve it any cost. In the process of achieving such a goal you will repeat your loop enough times to get addicted.
Goal formation is very important in achieving anything and so for next Sunday, we will go over the whole process of how to set your fitness goals to keep yourself motivated. We will talk about the case of Alan and Dave, both of them wanted to get fit for their wedding. Both of them had same resources at their hand however due to the difference in the way they set their goals one of them attained his goal while the other one failed.
We close this article with one last statement that fitness not only makes us strong physically but also mentally. It is a great way of building character. It needs strict discipline, consistent hard work and great self-control, all prerequisites for a great character. The best feelings in life come from working hard for a goal and then achieving it and fitness provides us that at every step of your journey towards a fit life.