By Lisa Marchant

If you exercise consistently,  you know the hard work and determination involved.  Motivation is a key factor for success.  If you are lacking motivation, you won't stick with any routine for long.

So finding out what motivates you is critical.  It really doesn't matter what it is, as long as it is something that motivates you every single day.  Something that you really want.  Something that, when you think about it, brings you pleasure and gratification.  That may be a goal to lose weight, run a marathon, or simply to eat a cheese burger and drink a beer, with zero guilt.  Whatever it is, it has to be pretty darn important to you.  Otherwise, you won't stick with it.

It's just like anything else that you really want.  You've gotta want it really bad.  You need to have a deep underlying purpose and reason for why you want it.  And the passion to fight for it, even when it feels like all odds are against you and you have come to the end of your rope.

Think about it, we are primarily motivated by pleasure and gratification.  We seek it in our personal relationships, in our careers, and in the hobbies we pursue.  Even the items on your bucket-list are there in large part, due to the enormous amounts of pleasure and gratification you will recieve.  So if your motivation for exercise doesn't involve this as well, you're most likely going to skip it to find pleasure and gratification eleswhere.

The pleasure and gratification I receive from exercise and movement is multi-layered.  I've always desired a healthy and fit body, one that feels good to live in.  And, I've always been hightly sensative to my physical body and how I feel.  If I am slacking off, my body doesn't feel good, so I know to correct course immediately.  This is my compass for staying on track.  I love the energy from exercise, and how it fuels me throughout the day.  I love the increased happiness and confidence.  And, I especially love the ideas and inspiration it provides.  This is what makes it possible for me to show up in the world as my best self.

I am crystal clear on why exercise is important to me.  And my list of pleasure and satisfaction is long.  This is why I do it.  This is why I am dedicated.  And, this is also what really helps me on those days when I don't feel like doing a damn thing.  I always say, the pleasure must outweigh the pain - and so on days that I need a little extra push, I make a deal with myself.  I promise myself a nice little reward, if I can just get that workout in.  This always makes me feel like a kid, because as a kid, if you promised me a reward, I would do anything. But hey, there's nothing wrong with feeling like a kid!

Whatever your motivation and tactics are, just be sure that they are working for you.  If not, switch things up, keep trying different things until you discover something that gets you excited.  Everyone has a tendency to get bored and lose motivation if we do the exact same thing day in and day out.  And, even if it's not in your budget to take all the trendy exercise classes out there, you can always find excellent home workouts, or throw on a pair of sneakers and head outdoors.

Now get moving!

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