It was two years ago that I ran my first 5k – I made a commitment months before that fateful day in March 2011 to improve my level of fitness, lose weight, and become the more active person I felt I should be – I was motivated by many things – most of them internal. I dreamed of the day that I wouldn’t need motivation to be active or to exercise….that it would just become an easy part of my lifestyle. My confession at this 2 year anniversary in 2013 is that I continue to need motivation, inspiration, guilt, etc. to get moving. I have to fuel my desire to be fit every day. It’s not “easy”. I have to make a point of making time to workout. I seek the company of like-minded people for whom fitness is a priority. Sometimes, I have to set my alarm and leave it half way across the bedroom to force myself to get up in the morning early enough to fit in a workout before my hectic day really begins.
For me, preparing for races becomes the drive. I like to compete against my own times and also against other athletes. I think that the drive to exercise varies for everyone. Strategies for maintaining that drive also vary. You have to find whatever works for you personally. If you think that it should always be easy, and it’s not – you’re probably just normal – at least that’s what I learned in physics….a body at rest stays at rest, a body in motion stays in motion…..what's your motivation to stay on the move?