One of the most important things you can do is take the time to workout. Sometimes it is just hard to find the motivation though. Let’s dive into this topic and see if we can get you to that motivated state.

We Are Ok Until We Are Not

One thing that makes working out so easy to avoid is the feeling of being Ok. We say to ourselves we feel fine and we always have tomorrow to workout. This gives us the option to make excesses or reasons to why you may skip a session, and continue to skip sessions in the future. There is no immediate threat so not working out is perfectly fine.

The thing about this type of thinking though is when you have done real damage to your body, it may be too late to implement a workout routine at that point. Two of the leading causes of death in America are Heart disease and Cancer. Both of these diseases may not have a cure, but proper exercise can dramatically decrease the likelihood of heart disease and many cancers. Proper exercise is also great for your overall immune system. Giving your body the ability to fight of disease.

One of my coach’s is a prime example of this. After working out for many years he got out of shape and started eating terribly. He felt something was wrong with his heart and went to the doctor because of it. Finding out that he had a 90% blockage in his left ventricle. This is a great man with 2 wonderful kids and a lovely wife, now in a fight for his life. With the scare he has been giving he is starting to do light walks around the park, and has cleaned his eating up quite a bit.

I told him I will help him on every step of the way. The moral of the story is prevention is key. Imagine not having to start when you are on the brink of a very bad situation. The truth is it doesn’t even have to be much. A 30-minute walk around the park can do wonders for your heart. Keep it simple, and don’t over complicate it. Realizing that your present moment will affect your future is one of the most important things you can do. You have the option to maintain your physical health with a regular workout routine. So please do not sell yourself short on your body. Love your body correctly, because if you don’t you will regret it and by then it may be too late.

Invest In Yourself

People are really so amazing to me. We really do invest in so many things. We invest in our friends, family, to work, our vehicles, homes, and many other things, but sometimes we do not take the time to invest in ourselves. The reality is when we take the time to invest in ourselves, everything else when invest in becomes easier. A happy healthy person can do a lot more for others than a tired and worn out person.

A proper workout routine is an investment into yourself. It is taking the time to say I am important enough to do this. We all know we have an extra 30 minutes to an hour to take for ourselves. Yet sometimes we make the excuse that we just don’t have enough time. When in reality we our saying we do not have enough time for ourselves. Make the time to take care of you. You deserve it.

Be honest when ever you have a good workout where you break a good sweat you feel amazing after. It puts you in a position to get ready for the day. I have never seen an individual workout and say “I wish I didn’t do that”. A good workout is a great feeling for you and those around you, because it puts you in a great mood. Realizing that working out does this remind yourself of this when you are looking for the motivation to do it.

Just Break A Sweat

I know that sometimes people are just not in the mood. Either they have woken up on the wrong side of the bed, or they just plain do not feel like it. When these times come around the most important thing you can do is just break a sweat. Usually breaking a sweat will put the body in the mood to workout, and again you will be glad you did.

Honestly you can start with something very small. Jumping Jacks, marching in place, squats, really anything that will just get the body sweating a bit. Once you break a sweat it should motivate the body and mind to get ready to work.

Be Resourceful

The best thing about working out is you can virtually do it anywhere. You do not have to have a gym membership. You can go to the park or even do it at your house. Do something that you would like to do of course. It just makes it easier to do, and your odds of building a routine dramatically increase. There are so many forms of working out.

  • Walking
  • Dancing
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Zumba
  • Jump rope
  • Weight lifting
  • Jogging
  • Stair Climbing
  • Power Yoga
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Grappling
  • Kickboxing
  • Hiphop abs
  • Tae bo

The list can go on forever. Find what you like and build a routine from it. You will be glad that you did.

Write It Down

When you are having absolute difficulty in getting motivated to workout try this little trick. Write down when you are going to do it. Sometimes just doing that will make you feel like you are held accountable to what you say you are going to do. I am a firm believer that writing down what you want will increase the likelihood that it will happen. So if all else fails try this method and see how it works for you.

Good Luck

I wish you the very best of luck in your journey. Being motivated to workout truly is a blessing not only physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. Take the time to take care of yourself, because when you do everything else in your life will only get better.

Here is a list of some of my favorite workout routines to do if I am at the house. My mom has also enjoyed this workout routines as well. You can click on the link to be taking to Amazon.

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Comments (6)

  1. Ana CA

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    Well, isn’t this the mother of all issues? I have struggled with this so many times, and I’m an athletic type! You know that moment when your life get’s the best of you?
    Urghhhh
    You are so right when you say that we can all invest a half an hour a day…

    • Clifford Starks

      Reply

      Absolutely Ana, sometimes people just need a friendly reminder. I hope you are having a blessed day, and taking the time to invest in yourself 🙂

  2. Rae Anne Pond

    Reply

    Exercise has always been one of my downfalls. I used to go to an aerobics class until I had a heart attack in the middle of one. So I’ve stuck to low impact exercise. I used to live where there was a pool and I would go there to exercise, the water was so easy on my joints. On the 21st of this month I’m having my right knee replaced so I will be out of commission for a little while. But I’ll have physical therapy and that will be challenging. Do you have any suggestions for exercises for a weak hearted, unshapely knees and older woman? Actually, I’m not that old, I’m only 52, but my body feels much older!! LOL I thought about hiring a trainer once, but I was afraid of another heart attack. So I decided not to. What do you think? What should I do to get into shape?

    • Clifford Starks

      Reply

      Hello Rae Anne, I hope you have a speedy recovery from the procedure you will be having. I would say speak with your health care doctor before starting any routine. When you get the go ahead start off very slow. Basic walking in the park or even walking in the pool. The goal is to build a solid base first. I always say less is more in the beginning, no need to over exert yourself. If you want to get a trainer make sure to get one that respects your needs and is willing to work with you. Ask for credentials and see if they have worked with someone with similar issues to yours. I worked along many personal trainers and although some are great there are a lot who are not. Asking the right questions will help you weed out the good ones from the bad ones. If you have any specific questions that I can help you with please feel free to ask. Good luck to you Rae Anne.

  3. Chelei

    Reply

    Awesome job Cliff! I’m so proud that f you and your constant good fight!
    You are truly a man with a calling, great heart, compassion and true passion for overall well being! I love you Bro.
    Chelei

    • Reply

      Thank you Chelei, I appreciate you! You have all the great qualities of a great friend and I am happy to have found someone as genuine as yourself. Much love, and lets keep inspiring others to be great!

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