Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What's Your Motivation?

I get the question all the time..."Why do you think working out is fun?!" To me what they are really asking is... What is your motivation

Everyone needs some kind of motivation for everything they do!

**This may get a little wordy but whatever, you decide if you want to read it! 

 My fitness motivation started the day I began to swim in elementary school. Being a competitive person, the sport was perfect for me since we basically got to race people every single day. Swimming kept me going through high school and eventually to college.

College swimming is a whole different atmosphere. I found myself in a different state, with a different team, a new coach,   a new way of training, and a new group of wonderful girl friends. None of this was easy, but I knew without the support of my team I would have never been able to get up for those 5 AM practices.

I will also say that no one is perfect, we all make mistakes. Through my college years and swimming I found myself making some not so great decisions with my studies and training. But isn't that how we all learn??!

While injured my junior year in college, I began to research nutrition, training, and basically how the body works. I also began to ask more questions to my strength coach about our workouts and the reasoning behind the exercises we did. This opened up a whole new world for me. From that moment in my junior/senior year I knew that the body was a special and a wonderful thing we are all blessed with. 

Looking good with the snorkel! HA

This led to graduation and then graduate school where I studied kinesiology. Although at times I got frustrated with classes (I get stressed easily so what else is new?) I knew this was the field I wanted to be in. 

From then to now and being in the BIG WORLD, I have learned so much about myself and the fitness world. I have learned A LOT about people and their mentality towards working out. It's crazy to hear the excuses and I find myself asking WHY? Why are you coming in here everyday making these excuses? What is it you want to achieve? What is holding you back? I constantly come back to my own goals and need to ask myself the same questions, even if I am not training for anything. 

Basically what I am trying to say is FIND YOUR MOTIVATION! Once you find it, you can achieve so many things! I promise :)

Get after it!

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