The other day, a client asked me about my workouts - not out of actual interest, but because she was tired of me asking about her workouts all the time. As she said, "Let's talk about you today, shall we? Because, frankly, I'm sick of me right now."
Yes, we're all a little on edge as we hit the end of January and realize that the most depressing month of the year is almost here.
That would be February.
When I told her I'd gotten up that morning to workout at the gym, she stared at me for a moment and then said, "You know, I just don't get you people. What possible reason would get you to get up out of your warm bed and go out into 8-degree weather to exercise at the gym? Was there cake there? Was Hugh Jackman there? Were they handing out free money? I mean...really?"
Her question made me wonder: Why did I get up and workout this morning? I could've taken a rest day. I could've stayed home and done a workout in my basement. I could've made a different choice, but I didn't and I realized that what motivates me to get up and workout, even when it's cold and miserable, changes from day to day.
On that particular day, I needed my workout because I was tired and cranky. I had a lot to do and I knew that doing a workout would not only perk me up, it would give me an extra boost of self-confidence. I needed that boost, that success to bolster my belief that I could do all the other things on my to do list that day.
My motivation on another day might be completely different, which leads to my question this week. If you worked out this morning, think about why you did it. Did you have to go through a list of things before you found something that worked? Did you rely on habit and discipline? Vote in this week's poll and tell us: What got you out of bed for your workout this morning?