What helps keep you motivated to workout besides that it's also your business? / by Stephen Cooper

Question from a client..."What helps keep you motivated to workout besides that its also your business?"

My response...

I believe this has changed over time.  When I first began lifting I was about 13 or so.  During that time it was a great way to deal with family issues.  I could train hard and my mind would become blank.  My only focus was on lifting.  As I lifted, my body improved and I began to get compliments...this fed my ego and it just felt good. So during this time I would say that it was easy to have the time to train and the pay off was that I got positive feedback.

These days my motivation mostly comes from three areas.

One, it is my job to be fit.  I need to set an example for my family and my clients.  I have to walk my talk.

Secondly, I want my body to be in top shape so that when I ask it to do something like run up a couple of flights of stairs, my body responds and it happens.

I don't want to be in a situation where I want to have fun and experience life to the fullest, but because I haven't trained sufficiently, I'm not capable.

Lastly, it just makes sense.  I want to live a long and healthy life, and all signs point to exercise and smart eating to achieve this.

Another client made a good comparison the other day in boot camp.  We may not be motivated to brush our teeth each day, but we want to avoid problems with our teeth and our health, so we brush, floss and go to the dentist regularly.  We aren't necessarily motivated to do this, we just do it.

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