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Motivation, as it is defined by Google, is ‘the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way’.


With a new year on the way resolutions and motivations for health and wellness become a top priority.

I often hear gym goers and casual runners comment that there is never enough time. That it is hard to get the motivation to do the things necessary to get to the gym or go for a walk or go for a run.

Having spent 16 years of my life as a fairly serious distance runner I can relate and sympathize. Often it is best to face the truth of the matter; it is not easy. When I coached I routinely told my runners that running was not going to feel good and that not every day would be a ‘gold medal’ day.

Facing those truths usually helped my athletes get the nonsense out of the way and they could focus on the real task at hand.

So, knowing focusing on health and wellness is not easy, what can be done to get the motivation to attack the task at hand? Any successful person in life will tell you that you need to make goals,  that you need to make a tangible, actual, goal. I suggest starting small. Perhaps it is to walk a mile. Then walk another tomorrow. Then walk another the day after that. Eventually walking will turn to running. Make them reachable but sustainable.

Olympic and professional athletes often write down their goals.

In college I had goal setting sessions where a coach and I would physically write down what I wanted to accomplish. I myself had a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goal sheet. I carried it with me in a notebook everywhere.

Even today I still write goals on notecards and put them in my pockets; a little trick I learned from a college basketball coach.

When you start making goals, excuses, like the lack of time, melt away.

If you are really dedicated to what you are trying to accomplish, nothing will stand in your way. Which leads me to my next suggestion; keep it simple.

John “The Penguin” Bingham, who wrote for Runners World Magazine, signed his monthly column off with “waddle on friends.”

A reminder to just keep going, to keep things simple. One step at a time toward your goal. Celebrate your triumphs.

This is actually hard to do. It leads to us resting, taking breaks, bingeing on food and beverage. Instead pause for reflection.

Lastly, to make something more than a resolution, believe. Believe in your reasons, believe in your diet, and believe in yourself.

There are a million ways to diet and a million ways to work out and you will get a million suggestions from other people.

Believe in what you are doing, in your reasons and suddenly those excuses disappear.

Health and Wellness is a lifestyle, a worthwhile one, all it requires is a little motivation.

Live Well …     

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