Are you looking for some motivational thoughts to help you get off the couch? In this section I'll describe some ways to help get yourself moving. Motivation can be the biggest hurdle for many people to lose weight and get in shape. So many people want to be that person who is fit and healthy, but the couch and the potato chips have us chained down somehow.
If you can get your head in the game, that is one of the biggest steps you can take. When you can go from "Maybe someday I'll get in shape" to "That's it, I want to get in shape and I'm starting now" that is huge. That single thought of "starting now" will carry you through for a very long time. That is called intrinsic motivation.
Intrinsic motivation will carry you through the dark times. It comes from inside you. It's a thought and that's it. But that simple thought is like the tiny acorn that will eventually grow into a mighty oak tree. There is another type of motivation, called extrinsic motivation, that is good too, but it is based on wants outside yourself and doesn't always last as long as intrinsic motivation.
Extrinsic motivation goes something like this - "I want to lose weight to look good at the beach". Not a bad goal. This type of motivation can get you going and working out. It may not work for the long haul, though. Will that thought last for years and years? Maybe not. Think of it like this - extrinsic is shorter term and comes from outside, while intrinsic is longer-term and comes from inside. So extrinsic motivation is good, but intrinsic motivation is better.
What other motivational thoughts can I offer you? See below for some other ways that can help you get active and moving.
Are you waiting for a lightning bolt of inspiration to get you going? That "aha" moment? Sometimes we can have those, but more often than not we find ourselves stagnant, unable to pick ourselves up. Fortunately, there is an easier way to get yourself going. Click here to learn one of the most profound self-motivation techniques.
What's the point of choosing fitness? What's all the fuss about? Have you tried exercising before only to see no improvement? This section goes into more detail on why choosing fitness is the best thing you can ever do for yourself. Click here to learn why you should be making fitness a priority.
Sometimes people can really hit it home by putting something into words in just the right way. Others have gone before you and in their wake they leave some words of wisdom. Click here for some motivational quotes to help you get active.
Here I recommend two books that have a profound impact on me. These two authors got me active and in the right frame of mind to take good care of my body. Click here to see what these motivational books are.
Sometimes our mind can get the better of us. We intend to exercise or eat better, but we just keep on being that paperweight for the couch. Click here for two easy self-motivation skills to help you get the better of your mind.
Wouldn't it be nice to be in great shape, maybe even the best shape of your life? But you find it hard to even start a fitness program? Would you like to find a way to break through your fear to not only start a new fitness regime, but also excel it too? Click here to find out how you can conquer your fear.
A person's success means different things to different people. Being in good shape, however, is pretty universal. A lot of us are afraid to be the best we can be. Some of our dreams seem unattainable. Getting in shape, however, may not require as much skill as you think. Click here to learn how you can succeed at getting in shape.
Mantras can be a very useful tool to get your mind in gear and yourself centered. Professional athletes and elite soldiers use them, as well as millions of other people. You can them repeat them over and over in your head, to help you focus on the task at hand. Click here to learn more about mantras.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Seeing people who have lost weight can be inspiring. Glimpsing these people at their worst and then their best in side by side photos can really show you that, yes, it can be done.
Often you'll see people who had a lot more than you to lose and then you'll see them in phenomenal shape. Quite inspiring. Click here for motivation with before and after photos.