Why do you get out of bed in the morning?
Because you have a great day planned? Because you can’t wait to have breakfast? Because you’ve snoozed your alarm so many times, all excuses are now gone and you have to? Probably the case for lots of us!
Well if that is the reason you get out of bed, at least you’re now self-aware of why you’re getting up!
Being self-aware and knowing our own mindset is crucial when it comes to motivation, whether this applies to our own exercising behaviours, our job, or our lives. It’s easy to lose purpose and forget why we’re actually doing something and what our own personal values are.
So ask yourself:
- What are my personal values to my life? (For example, mine are honesty, humour, authenticity, open-mindedness and compassion – Yours can be anything but just be aware of them.)
- What does actually get me out of bed in the morning?
- Why do I want to exercise?
- What do I want to achieve from exercising?
- How am I going to achieve this?
When it comes to exercise, one the things that amazes me most is the way people can create an endless list of excuses as to avoid it, despite its numerous benefits, especially when being sedentary (like watching tv for a long time) is a risk factor for developing chronic conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
In the words of a former US Navy SEAL:
“If you wake up early in the morning — like at 4:30 in the morning — you're going to have some free time to yourself to make things happen, to take care of things that are important to you, if you try and work out at 4:30 in the afternoon, how many people are going to chip away at that time? Your boss, your job, your work, your family, your other obligations that you might have.
At 4:30 in the morning, all those people are asleep, so you can do whatever you want."
Not realistic for all of us but it gets the point across…
Work out YOUR values, be SELF-AWARE and go and have some fun with exercise!
That way, if your motivation does wander or your goals come under pressure, you know what your mindset is and it’ll help you respond in a positive, proactive way.
Don't give up! Don't give in!
References & EXTRA MATERIAL
How to create a high performance culture | Andrew Sillitoe | TEDx: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAdeFHlhKi4
Ciarrochi, J., & Bailey, A. (2008). A CBT-practitioner's guide to ACT: How to bridge the gap between cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. New Harbinger Publications.
National Cancer Institute: Physical Activity & Cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/obesity/physical-activity-fact-sheet
Schmid, D., & Leitzmann, M. F. (2014). Association between physical activity and mortality among breast cancer and colorectal cancer survivors: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals of Oncology, 25(7), 1293-1311.
Biswas, A., Oh, P. I., Faulkner, G. E., Bajaj, R. R., Silver, M. A., Mitchell, M. S., & Alter, D. A. (2015). Sedentary time and its association with risk for disease incidence, mortality, and hospitalization in adultsa systematic review and meta-analysissedentary time and disease incidence, mortality, and hospitalization. Annals of internal medicine, 162(2), 123-132.
Business Insider: Why Waking Up Early Matters: http://uk.businessinsider.com/navy-seals-why-waking-up-early-matters-2016-9?r=UK&IR=T