Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Resolution or Real Solution?

If you are making a resolution to get in shape this year, your motivation can be very important behind your success or failure.  New Years resolutions in their own power will work for only a few days or weeks as motivation.  Then they start to fizzle...the numbers in the gyms decrease after this time and the drop out rates reported from personal trainers increase.

When I was a personal trainer, I was careful to tap into the passions of my clients.  It made my job easier and it made their workout more effective because they gave more to it.  Sometimes the passion would be for a certain activity or sport, but most of the time it was a purpose or a passion behind the activity.  I noticed quickly that people hired personal trainers because they really didn't like to work out and needed the motivation to do it!  But what I would show them is that the motivation that they needed was inside of them all along - they just needed to tap into it.

Our motivation to work out must come from our passions.  I don't necessarily mean that you will love the work out, but if the goal is to be healthy in order to avoid health risks in the future or to be able to set a good example for your children or to be strong enough to take that mission trip into the mountains of Bolivia, then you will find that motivation a lot easier than if you focus on the negatives of working out.  And once you are motivated, you might be surprised to find that you are enjoying the workout, too!

Think about your family history - is there diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol or other issues in the family?  That could be your motivation right there.

Think about your loved ones.  Do you want a better chance at seeing your grandchildren play - maybe even your great-grandchildren? Then you must work hard to stay in shape and be healthy.  

What about your calling in life?  What steps must you take in order to be a good steward of what God has given you in order to fulfill that call?  God has given us all time, talents, treasure and a temple to have and use wisely.  What decisions can you make in 2010 to be a better steward of these amazing gifts?

If the activity itself does nothing to motivate you, you can still find the motivation to do it!  I hope that if you haven't tapped into your passion, purpose or motivation for being healthy in 2010 that you will seek the Lord's guidance and ask Him for the strength to make good choices and be fit in the New Year.

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