Remember when you decided it’s time for the workout of your life? Perhaps to lose weight, keep fit, regain your health or acquire that killer body? After watching video after video of body builders killing those moves, you were rearing to go.
You even got yourself the latest gymwear in anticipation of the exploits you were about to perform. You hit the gym; treadmill, weights, bench-press and the likes. You were on a roll for a day, two, a week or even a couple of them.
Then the feeling starts to dwindle. You no longer look forward to that workout session. And there’s so much to do anyway. Maybe things at work have been hectic. Or it’s just one of those days that you’d pay to stay in bed. Or your friends arranged a night out when you were supposed to be hitting the gym. Would skipping a day or two hurt anyone?
Before you know it, you’ve missed multiple sessions.
You know, when they psyked you with testimonials and enthusiastic quotes, they may have forgotten to mention that sometimes, many times actually, the motivation just won’t be there. If that’s the key ingredient for your workout, then it’s almost dead on arrival.
Working out regularly has little to do with motivation. Consistency requires discipline. Being disciplined means that you workout anyway, whether you feel like it or not.
It is discipline; and not a temporary ‘workout high’, that will earn you those biceps, a six pack or that beach body. Ask those who have worked out for years. Motivation comes and goes. They’ve mastered the art of hitting the gym even when they’d rather not. And that you have to learn too, if your workout is to have any lasting results.