What motivates me to be fit? Why even bother with fitness? I think it is a very difficult question to answer. My primary motivation is my health. I see exercise as an investment in my long-term health. That is, if I am fit now, then surely it would pave the way for better health in my later years. So for me, it is some sort of forward planning to ensure that I keep this ‘machine’ that is my body in the best condition possible.
The second motivation is purely aesthetic – I want to keep my body in the best form that it can be, and I have coined this term: to make my body a lean, fatburning machine, and it helps me! Yes, there are a lot of analogies to a machine, but that works for me.
Think about your car or any equipment you have, you need to use it, or it stops working, and you service it regularly to make sure it keeps working for longer. The same with the body. You either use it or you lose it. That said, it is not easy to be committed to a fitness regime, at the initial stages. It is quite hard, and for me, I just kept at it until it became a habit.
What makes me get up in the mornings or evenings to go jogging or riding though has to be the thought of seeing the pretty flowers and hearing the birds and seeing squirrels running up and down, and possibly a friendly dog. Yes, I love those things in the outdoors and that is what motivates me.
So, for those reading these, I would say, choose a fitness regime that closely ties in with what you enjoy doing in your spare time. If you like reading novels but never find time because of the gym, get an audio book and listen to it as you exercise, or if you like watching dvds, then do what a friend of mine did, get an exercise bike and watch dvds at home. If you feel stressed and need to destress, take up pilates, yoga or taichi. If you like walking, then just go for longer walks. Or you can find a friend/group of friends and play tennis together (so you meet up and work out as well). Again, it is all about incorporating it into your lifestyle.
If you just can’t seem to find the time to go jogging or go to the gym, or you feel the area is unsafe when you get home late, then get an exercise dvd and work out at home.
This is my current fitness regime: walking – 3hours a week, jogging – 1hr a week, riding – 1hr every fortnight, taebo – 20minutes a week. I would say I am very busy – working on thesis, part-time work, etc. The key point is, we make time for what is important to us, and when we make fitness important, then we will make time for it.