Some of you are machines, highly motivated machines, and it is probably hard for you to understand why some of us are always talking about motivation. I am guessing our talk sounds a lot like this to you: “Motivation yadda yadda yadda blah blah blah yadda yadda yadda is hard. If that is you, you are probably smiling about now.
My relationship with motivation can best be compared to a roller coaster ride — sometimes it’s up and sometimes it’s down. (By the way, this post really has nothing to do with the title, Roller Coaster of Love, because it’s not about love, it’s about motivation, but I like the Ohio Player’s song so much I couldn’t resist it).
Getting and staying motivated has always been a bit of a struggle for me and it is the very reason why the idea of creating motivational fitness towels, now known as InPerspire towels, popped into my head, but that’s another story.
Because I am always thinking about motivation, mine and others, this Fitness article caught my eye. There are some great tips for those of us who occasionally need to look for motivation to workout.
7 Habits of Highly Effective Exercisers
By Jennifer Soong
Five or six days every week, Sue Wolcott, 41, hits the treadmill in her basement. It’s a habit that started after she named her exercise machine Ripley. “It’s as in ‘Believe it or not, I’m working out,'” says Sue, a teacher in Grand Island, New York. “I would never skip out on meeting a friend, so I decided to treat my treadmill like a person.” It’s become, ahem, a running joke in her set; one pal now refers to her own treadmill as Dusty. “It’s just us being silly, but when I’m asked if I’ve seen Ripley, I really love answering yes,” Sue says.
Any motivational strategy that incorporates giving your workout equipment a name just tickles me. It really is a pretty clever strategy. your daily walk/run, or weight routine. It really is a pretty clever strategy.
Do you think this strategy would work for you? What would you name your workout equipment, your daily walk/run, or weight routine?
You can read the entire article on motivation and get seven stick-with-it tips here: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Exercisers.
Have a funky and fabulous Thursday!
P.S. I committed to taking a class this Saturday from a wonderful, dear friend of mine, Kari James, who will be teaching the Napoleon-Tabitha SYTYCD routine for National Dance Day. Kari teaches adults who love to dance and she is absolutely wonderful – both as a dancer and as a human being :). If you live in the St. Louis area and would like to join the fun, you can find details at Kari James Dance Network or here.
P.P.S. I tried learning the routine through the online video, but with Napoleon and Tabitha facing me, on an angle, and my not so quick at picking up dance steps, let alone, hip hop steps, mind, it wasn’t looking too good. I am hoping Kari can fix my lack of funkiness! Good luck with that :).