Motivation: A Mind Game

There is a new update on Instagram that allows you to play what we have labeled “The Question Game” via your personal Instagram story. You simply go to your story, add a photo, select the sticker option, and choose the “questions” icon from among the other options of hashtag, poll, gif, etc. It will add an icon to your story where followers can type in a question they wish to ask you, and you respond by viewing your story and from the questions asked, select one and choose “share response”. It’s highly addicting and a brilliant addition to the poll option which has proven to be very popular, especially on celebrity and business accounts.

I tried it out for the first time this weekend and got a pretty entertaining response. I got asked a variety of questions from what my favorite workout music is to my relationship status. It is also a fun little way for your friends to leave compliments, and thank you to those who did! You are so sweet! Obviously this also leaves room for insta-creeps who want to ask you inappropriate questions, however the advantage to the system is that you (and you alone if you’re wondering) can see who asks what, thus leaving room and freedom to block unwanted visitors and filter which ones you choose to answer. You only share the questions you choose to, and of course, the answers can be as deep or as silly as you like!

Out of all the questions I was asked this weekend, one really stuck with me. It’s one I have been asked numerous times throughout the years via my fitness account.

“How do you find motivation to work out?”

Many people, myself included, will answer this question with, ‘You have to love what you do!’ or ‘Think about how good you will feel afterwards!’ or even ‘Think about how good you will look in a few weeks!’. Now, while all those are true, motivation does require passion, feeling, and a bit of bribery, I find that even when I answer with those phrases or something similar, it all comes down to one thing…

The mind.

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you simply did what you should to live the most well-rounded life you know possible? Join me in my thought process.

I often wonder what life would be like if I woke up at an early hour every morning, washed my face, combed my hair, brushed my teeth, went for a run, took a shower, got ready for work, packed a healthy lunch, sat down to a fresh breakfast, went to work, came home and cooked a hearty dinner, went for a walk, read a book or spent time with family, brushed my teeth, changed into my pajamas, cuddled into bed at a reasonable hour, and woke up to do it all again the next day.

Doesn’t that life sound well-balanced? Doesn’t it sound easy and somewhat ideal?

Maybe it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, and obviously not every day would be the same…but my point is, what if we did the things we should be doing to keep our body and our mind healthy without a second thought? We just did it, as simple as that.

Things like cooking, exercising, and living would be so much easier.

Our mind is where our conflict lies.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “The mind controls the body” or “The body achieves what the mind believes”. Right? Well there has really never been more truth to a fluffy fitness quote. I promise you.

I know we have been taught growing up that we should think before we act, but when it comes to fitness and health, don’t think just do. That is the key to motivation.

When you allow yourself to think about making the decision of working out, you more than likely will not do it. Your mind will wander through all the other things you could be doing other than exercising…like laying in bed, watching a show, eating, etc. Your mind will naturally tell you to do what is easiest. Your body will too. What you have to do is challenge your natural instinct and just get up and do.

When you wake up in the morning, once you’ve washed your face and brushed your teeth, put on your shoes and move. If you are more of an evening person, come home from work, drink a glass of water, put on your shoes and move.

Motivation isn’t guaranteed. I know you know that.

YOU are the only person in control of your mind, your body, and your life.

Although they are a nice aid, quotes will not help, comparison will not help, fitspo on social media will not help you…if you do not first help yourself. Just THINK about it. I’m kidding, don’t think…just do. Get up, get out, and go DO.

Walt Disney once said something along the lines of, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

So this is me shutting up…and tell your mind to as well. *wink*

Abbie

 

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