Most of the time however, they have other things in their life that is preventing it. Depression is one, it makes you not want to even get out of bed for anything, it makes you utterly weak and thought ridden that even the word ‘fitness’ never crosses your mind. Another one is constant school work, I luckily do not have this anymore but many teenagers and young adults still do. They are literally piled under assignment after assignment, they barely even have enough time to talk to their friends.
But keeping fit is an important factor in our lives, it has so many benefits to it that make it easier to be happy and relaxed. The biggest problem getting motivated, how does one just get up and go to the gym or go for a run/jog/walk? I took the liberty of asking some fellow friends and family on what their motivation is.
1. Set Goals Whether They Be Small or Big.
It’s always important to set goals for yourself, whether it be to lose 0.5kg or to go on a 5k run.
“When I train circus I always have another goal and I’m always pushing to reach that goal. Sometimes it’s a new trick or a stretch I can’t quite get.”
Quote by Niamh Campbell-Ward
“Having a goal to work for with tangible results, as well as a personal expectation to keep training on a fixed schedule, is a wonderful thing for sustaining a good level of fitness”
Quote by Wynton Bedford
Make sure to always set realistic goals for yourself, otherwise it will only put a lot of stress on yourself.
2. Aspire to Be Someone You Admire.
It’s safe to say that nearly everyone has someone they admire, someone who inspires them. Most of the time it is because we want to be like them, this is a good way to get motivated.
“Well for me it’s mainly batman. I aspire to be like him, he’s always true to himself and he never puts himself down. He’s working out constantly and is also still making time for the people he loves. He’s just an admirable person and he gives me the boost I need to get out and get fit.”
Quote by Isobel McIntyre
Whether your inspiration be Batman or Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, as long as they motivate you to be doing exercise and keeping fit, it doesn’t matter who it is.
3. It Will Boost Your General Well-Being.
Feeling healthy and fit is without a doubt one of the best feelings in the world, it can boost your spirits incredibly high when you are feeling sad or depressed.
“Feeling good plays a big part in it. It helps improve your mental and emotional health, I go out for walks when I feel stressed or down and by the time I’m back home I feel relaxed and happy. It’s a good stress reliever I do find.”
Quote by Anonymous
“I feel good after I work out; I always feel so happy with myself”
Quote by Aleesha Lyall
4. Taking Friends Along with You Makes It Easier.
Hanging out with friends is always a fun time, you can endlessly talk about nothing and be so entertained just because its them. I believe that one of the reasons why we find it hard to exercise is because we have the thought in our head that its exercise. When you think of that word you think ‘it takes so much effort’. But whenever we hang out with friends and go for walks, believe it or not, we are doing exercise and never give it a second thought.
“I generally find exercising by myself is really hard to keep motivated, so I do stuff with friends… if you’re not keen on runs or anything I often just take friends for a walk and talk and that can be really nice exercise with a distraction”
Quote by Tertia Hempel
These all seem like really good ideas for motivation that even I am thinking about trying, I’m especially guilty of never doing exercise and keeping fit because of the effort it takes and because I can never just motivate myself. If you struggle with getting motivation, give these ideas a crack! Who knows, they could be just the ones you were looking for.
Author: Albion Haines
My name is Albion Haines, I am a 16 year old transgender male who is studying NCEA level 2 at the wonderful tertiary school, Capital Training. I really enjoy writing fictional stories, the creativeness I can throw into them is so much fun and I have so many ideas for short stories and possible books. I specifically like writing the genres Sci-fi, Crime and Gay Literature. Lately however I have been trying my hand at writing news reports of current world wide events and movie/tv show reviews. I am quite invested in the LGBTQ+ community as I am a gay transmale who wants to inspire others to not fear being who they are. I love learning about who people are and how they got through the struggles of being apart of this community. It’s refreshing to know I’m not the only one who struggled, as bad as they may sound. Last but not least, I really love animals! I have a 2 year old black and white fluffy cat named Loki who I adore so much. I cherish animals to the point where I could possibly enjoy their company more than some human beings.