How Do You Find or Increase Your Motivation?

How Do You Find or Increase Your Motivation?

Why do some people seem to have an easy time staying motivated while others lose their fire quickly?  While I can’t say I’m a master of motivation in most areas of my life, I am the type of person who doesn’t lose motivation for staying fit.  But that wasn’t always the case.   It wasn’t until my 20’s that I found the discipline to exercise on a regular basis and make it a priority.  During high school and college, I was completely blown away by my friends who got up at 5 am to train with a coach or on a team at 6 am before school… and on weekend mornings too.  Unfathomable!  I did not have that kind of motivation then.  But I knew I wanted to become one of those people.   What is motivation?   Motivation is simply the desire to do what is needed to move towards a goal. If we had zero motivation, we wouldn’t get out of bed until we were literally starving to death or being evicted from our homes.   Where does it come from?   Motivation comes either from within us (intrinsic) because it’s something we actually enjoy doing.  Or, from the outside (extrinsic) like friends, family or really good advertising making us believe we want to or need to do something.   Obviously, the best type of motivation to have is intrinsic.  If everyone enjoyed eating healthy, whole foods, not overeating and exercising regularly, few people would be struggling to lose weight.   But there’s nothing wrong with having extrinsic motivation.  Wanting to look your best on your wedding...

What Do You Need More: A Health Coach or a Fitness Trainer?

There's been a gradual shift happening over the last ten years on the professional side of the fit biz. All of the major certifying bodies have been pushing "specialty certifications." This is smart marketing.  Not just as an income source for these organizations to keep fitness professionals in their funnel, but because there really isn't a one size fits all approach to getting in shape.  It's unlikely that a 55 year old woman and a 35 year old guy will have the same goals and probably have different reasons for not attaining them.  One may gravitate towards studio cycling or boot camp style workouts and the other may prefer traditional weight training and Pilates.  Did you know that each of these workouts requires a different certification?  And that's just for trainers and instructors to work with clients who are already committed to going to the gym or studio, or, having a trainer come to them.  But there's a much larger issue at hand.  What about everybody else who still hasn't figured out how to stay committed or even find the motivation in the first place?  And what about the people who are working out but haven't learned to eat right yet so are undoing all their hard work by making the wrong food choices?  This is where a whole new segment of instructors and trainers are specializing.  Myself included.  It's called "Health Coaching."  It's an advanced certification meaning you already have to have at least a base certification.  Health Coaching addresses a clients fitness beyond the time they spend in the gym or studio.  It helps people address the...