Your Motivation to Workout

February 24, 2010

What’s one of the best motivational tools available that will keep you working out regularly?

A friend!enjoying running training

If you have a friend that is dedicated to health and fitness, and that depends on you as a workout partner, you may find yourself working out consistently and vigorously.  Birds of a feather really do flock together.  The peer pressure will keep you going and will keep you working out hard.

Currently, I work out with a couple of guys that force me, via peer pressure, to workout 6 days per week, and to workout harder than I would by myself.

There was another time period during which I worked out 6 days per week.  That was when I entered the Body-for-Life contest.  I entered that contest 13 years ago, and it got me back into working out after a long layoff.  After that contest was over, working out was a habit, and I worked out by myself 4 to 6 days per week.

From what I’ve seen and personally experienced, there are many reasons that people workout.  Some of them are:

1. They want to impress others with their toned physique

2. They are trying to get in shape for a particular event (e.g. a wedding, class reunion, or contest)

3. They were warned by a doctor that they need to exercise or their health will suffer

4. They are in good shape and don’t want to lose the fitness level they’ve attained.

5. Peer pressure, i.e. their friends workout so they workout because their friends do

6. It has become a habit and they do it…just because it’s what they do.

If you don’t workout regularly, try working out with a partner or entering a contest.  Those types of motivators just might do the trick for you.


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One Response to “Your Motivation to Workout”

  1. Hi Darryl,

    Perfect timing, as always. Understanding that we need to be motivated and keep motivating ourselves for our fitness goals is so important, isn’t it?

    I think when I was a little girl, I struggled with my weight and never really thought about fitness so much. I did a few lowkey sports in middle school and high school. But it was not until the 1984 Olympics when one of my college’s coaches was on an Olympic team that I tried and strived for a team. I didn’t make the cut, but that Fall I was in the best shape of my life. I rowed crew briefly, jogged, worked out with weights, and played a pick-up soccer game on Sundays.

    I used to be motivate to lose weight like I would STOP exercising when I got to goal weight. Or like – whah, whah, whah, I have to work out. Now, it’s a joy to work out. I really ENJOY it and enjoy the feeling of my muscles engaging with climbing a hill or using a weight machine. Now, I GET to work out is more my mentality. With that mindset, I’ll keep at it.

    As always, I really enjoy reading your blog and your website.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    Boomer Dating Expert and Online Dating Coach



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