We go to the gym to train, be healthy, and to some extent, socialize. If you’re lucky enough to be part of a gym you feel ‘at home’ in, it makes it easier to push through a tough superset when your gym bestie is right there with you.
Camaraderie in the gym can be a powerful motivator, but it doesn’t necessarily help move you closer towards your specific goal – a goal you’ve had your eye on for a long time.
If the reason you like working out in groups is for the social interaction, you’ll notice you only go to the gym when your people are there.
And in a world that seems to still be in constant flux in 2021, it’s not uncommon to “lose motivation” for this reason. We all know that extended lockdowns and social isolation can do more harm than good to anyone’s mental health! It’s normal to want to reach out and crave connection and want to be a part of a community.
The problem with this is if you tie your goal to a set of social circumstances, you will lose sight of the real reason you are there in the first place….
…and your commitment isn’t necessarily rooted in the fitness program itself.
Forgetting about the real work and saying, “I’ll wait until next time” isn’t helping you either. Getting things done means finding any way that will bring you one step closer to your goal.
This is discipline, not motivation.
Discipline vs Motivation
Motivation isn’t necessary. It’s a false belief. Motivation isn’t needed for any goal – physical, financial, or spiritual.
You don’t have to be in a gym to get a great workout and the same access to your coach. (Hello digital world…)
Like saving money, you only need to do a little every day.
Living your faith daily means you don’t need a “building” to feel like you’re part of a church. You can practice from wherever you are.
Having the discipline to repeat an exercise habit daily, without risk or reward, is what gets you to your desired goal. Period.
Imagine what more you can get done by doing smaller, meaningful actions such as
– moving more
– exercising for 30 minutes, 3-4 times a week
– listening to your hunger cues
– drinking plenty of water
– slowing down and pacing yourself throughout the day
– getting a restful sleep
When these small habits become part of your day-to-day routine, you’ll feel less stressed and achieve more.
As a trainer in this chaotic world, I bring my workouts to you at home. You can reap the same benefits from online classes as long as you understand that hard work and working hard go hand-in-hand.
The reality is, communities can be built anywhere.