Good morning Streakers!
Thank you all for reading, liking, and even following this blog! It’s amazing to me that even one person would read what I have to say but I’m glad more than one person does. Life is awesome that way!
Today, I want to continue my series on human motivations and how understanding these motivations helps me keep my fitness streak going. As I mentioned in the first part of this series, I pulled these categories from lifehack.org and should give them credit for the inspiration. I recommend their site as well.
This may seem odd coming from a guy who uses social motivations to keep my fitness streak alive but I do not go to the gym. I have a few reasons for this. First and foremost, I work indoors all day and I want to get outside and exercise outside as much as I can. I believe that exercising outdoors is more healthy than exercising in the gym. This is only my belief and I have to evidence to back it up but it works for me. Second, I get intimidated when I see these guys and gals pushing a lot of weight on the bench press or other equipment. Some people get motivated by this but not this guy. Finally, I really don’t like carrying around my gym clothes, changing in the locker room, showering there, etc. I am not a fan.
The good news is, I can still get motivated by other people and get motivated for other people. What do I mean by this? Let’s look at the first situation of getting motivated by other people. I should explain that I live in an area with a high percentage of older folks. Jane (my guitar) and I also play/sing at a local nursing home two Saturdays a month, so I see my fair share of older folks in a wide variety of physical condition. Some of them are in their 80s and seem to be in great health while others are in their 60s and seem to be falling apart. To be fair, some folks get dealt a better hand in life, they get good health, both mental and physical, from birth. They are born into healthy happy families and learn how to care for themselves from the beginning. Others did not and I understand that.
Overall, I think I got a pretty good deal, not as good as some but better than others. Often, I see these folks – the healthy and the sickly – and ask myself, what can I do to reduce the chances of me becoming sick and bed ridden and increase the chances of me staying healthy and active? The answer, without question, is for me to continue my fitness streak. Sometimes, in the morning, when I do not want to start the day, I think of those folks, and push myself to get out of bed and begin my routine. Since I started my streak more than a year ago, I find that once I start my routine, my body goes into autopilot. That’s a good thing for me.
Well, that’s all I have for today folks. I appreciate you reading this and when you decide to start your fitness streak, please post a comment letting us know the details. I find that telling others my goals helps me achieve them. Sounds like social motivation to me. 🙂