What’s your greatest motivation? Are you a natural-born competitor? Are you striving to keep up with your children or grandchildren? Are you working to fit into that special spring outfit this year? Are you hoping to outrun your DNA? Or are you simply trying to live a more healthy life all the way around? What I’m really asking all of us is this: When you want to give up, what stops you?
I have a competitive streak that’s pretty wide. My motivation originates in the challenge of being a little bit better (healthier, smarter, kinder) than I was yesterday. For this miraculous growth to occur, I must choose to make one good decision at a time. All of us are one decision away from moving in a positive direction or a negative one. I apply this principle to my physical lifestyle as well as my spiritual life, and I’d like you to consider doing the same.
I’m grateful that spring has sprung in the area of the world where I live. The days are a bit longer and a bit warmer, so I’m trading in my long-sleeve hoodie for the cooler, cuter spring top. This motivates me to step up my arm workout. Shallow, I know, but motivation nonetheless. Also as spring arrives I’m reminded of the outdoor activities I love – mountain biking and hiking, so I’d better continue my lower body workouts too. You see, besides being competitive, I’m activity-motivated. There are many active hobbies that I love, and in order to continue with these, my body needs to be healthy and well. In my pursuit of wellness, I have good days and not-so-good days. The good days, where I make wise choices, help me push through the not-so-good days, where I lack the motivation to make wise choices.
For many of us, we are motivated to live a more active lifestyle by participating in group fitness classes – like the classes offered in Body & Soul. I am inspired by the students that come to class, and I believe that they inspire one another. If that sounds like a positive choice to you, be sure to get yourself to the nearest class as soon as possible. You won’t be disappointed – and chances are you’ll inspire the person next to you. It’s a win-win!
So, what’s your motivation? Are you training for an event? Are you hoping to pick up a new, active hobby? Are you fighting a condition that threatens your wellness? Whatever your motivation, keep it in your sights. Do not get distracted by the not-so-good days. Don’t get derailed. This focus applies to our spiritual wellness as well as our physical. My greatest motivation spiritually is to know Jesus Christ and glorify Him. I have good days and not-so-good days. On the good days, I’m focused on Him, I’m in His Word, and I’m on the lookout for His presence. On the not-so-good days, I’m distracted, but not for long. Just like in my fitness life, I’m on a journey toward wellness and striving to make one positive decision at a time. This means I’m focused on my goal and making one choice that moves me in that direction. And that’s why I won’t give up.
Amy Stafford is the President of Body & Soul Fitness. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, ACE (American Council on Exercise) Faculty member, wife of Steven, and mom to Jordan. www.bodyandsoul.org