What Motivates you?

I want to help you find something that truly ignites you!

What do you find that motivates you, or inspires you? There are some common ways we can get, stay, or find motivation. Much of it includes others. If you’re naturally shy or an introvert (like me on both accounts), involving others in your fitness and activities may seem quite uncomfortable, but it’s essential and here two simple reasons why. One – You will always, always, always learn more and faster from a group than by yourself. And Two – If you are like me (introvert and shy) this will help you overcome much of that. It did for me.

Let’s look at first some cut and dry steps; then we’ll look just a little deeper at what I like to call life changing factors.

1 – Join with Like Minded

Joining in with other like minded groups will help keep your focus, challenge you to hit targets and reach goals.
Don’t be the lone wolf!
You are far less likely to get motivated and stay motivated without the challenge and motivation of others.

Have like minded friends? Make a pact, get fit together.
Join a class! Whether you have built-in fitness friends or not, join a class. It will pit you with others to motivate you and help you meet your goals. Class structure, techniques, routines and more will all help you meet and exceed your goals mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Local gyms or YMCA offer many group classes in anything from Spinning to Pilates to you name it! Find one you like and join!
Look to your local Parks and Recreations department for free or low cost groups and classes. Parks and Recreation is not just for leisure, play or hiking. You can find options for Martial arts, Dance, Swimming and many others.
Junior College is another great resource for fitness classes and groups! Classes can be found and very reasonable rates ranging from swimming, running, martial arts and many more.

2- Leverage Online Groups and Sites

Many online resources are out there to help you stay fit and motivated to reach your goals or exceed them.

One Hundred Pushups! (and subsequently others like two hundred sit ups)

Yes, seriously you can do 100 pushups. I did and I started out only able to do 10 at a time. The key is to stay focused and finish no matter how long you take.

3 – There’s an App for that!

We’ve all heard it before, there’s an app for that! Silliness aside, fitness apps are getting better and more integrated all the time. Fitness tracking devices like FitBit are also great.

Now let’s go deeper. Let’s try to find some passion triggers. If you work with or get to work with a personal trainer, they will inevitably get you to work through and define what motivates you. Next, they will help you set goals. You see for real life change, you simply gotta want it so bad that nothing will stop you. You have to find what ignites you.

Two BIG examples for me: First, I went through a very painful time in my life. It motivated me to make a very important decision to chose life, real life and become stronger to enjoy more of that life. Second, I began to search for and picture someone I admired for their talent, spiritual and family strength, and for physical strength. Luckily for me, it was no further than a long time friend. He and his wife have raised incredibly talented, wonderful kids, stayed true and strong in their faith, and he is the ultimate fit example. I’m talking Sylvester Stallone fit, arms that barely fit in his sleeves. So I look to that life changing event and my decision, then I look to an awe inspiring example. Without that deep motivation, I could not keep pushing when it gets tough.

For you; find something deep, passionate, and vastly important to grab onto and fuel your motivation and keep you focused. Then use some or all of the tips above.

Live Smart! Live well.

Your State of Mind Could Impact Your Physical Health

In the physical fitness world, your whole being and wellness is often missed. Focus is perhaps more often placed on singular fitness instead of whole fitness. Focus such as how much weight you’ve lost, or how far you run, or what you can bench press and so on. We take a little different approach. We believe in the importance of the whole you, your whole being. How well are you? How is your state of mind, emotional state, your spirit, and your body? Okay, I’ve probably lost 99.99% of the guys now. But hang with me for a moment. I’ll be the first to tell you I’d rather run to a gym before I’d run to any self-help group. I mean come on, let’s be men right???!!!

Most would agree it’s a no-brainer that stress can damage your health. What about something as simple as your “Outlook” on life?
Just the other day, a news segment reported how Science has shown that something seemingly insignificant as having a sunny disposition, a positive outlook, or hope or optimism can improve your physical health. (Well duh! I could have told them that!) The reports were actually pretty significant. Science has been studying this since the 1960s and looking at people over 40+ years, not only in the US but Europe as well. They found those with a positive outlook were 2-3X less likely to have high blood pressure and heart disease later in life. Women with a positive outlook had lower Cortisol levels which is a major contributor to stress. They found not only can you live longer, have less disease processes, cope better with disease, but also may help predict and prevent disease.

We could dig so very deep into much of this, but let’s go back to the optimism or positive outlook. Call it what you like, but insignificant it’s NOT!

Let me share a small, short story of a very difficult and life-changing event in my life. What do you do when your life crashes down on you? I went almost overnight from the perfect home, wife, and family to bankrupt, divorced and a shattered family. I found myself at a very pivotal decision of choice. Everything that was out of my control, had taken complete control over me. I knew I had two choices, give in and be destroyed or get strong in spite of it. I chose to get strong. I chose to believe in the hope that I would get over this mountain trying to bury me and be better, stronger, and more alive than ever. The power of that one little choice has drastically changed my life for the better (forever). I knew what was tearing me up, destroying me in every way would literally kill me. Guess what? I got fit! I found a new lease on life and even new love! It was so bad, I even got CANCER right in the middle of it all! Getting through difficult times is no cake walk, I totally feel for anyone dealing with crushing times. It seems like it will never end, and more likely will take time, a lot of time, but you can get through it. I did! You can too! I still look back to that difficult time for motivation and see how important that little choice was; to choose life and hope. It freed me to live again. That insignificant choice continues to give me new life, health, mental and emotional wellness, and physical strength.

The thing that nearly took me out has become a path to new life!
Let this be your story too! It starts with a decision, a choice.
Yours in health!
PS. Live Smart! Live Well!