Fitness Motivation

Team meeting in session. Topic: MOTIVATION

By Jesse Kepka
NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Coach and Corrective Exercise Specialist

Did you know you have the power to make losing an impossibility? You might fail along the way, but, in the end, you WILL NOT lose.

“I don’t have alotta quit in me,” he said with labored breaths as sweat dripped from his face. He wasn’t going to give up until every rep was completed.

Not shocking to me, I’m yet again inspired by you guys. Not a new feeling to me, I’m grateful all over again for a job that I love. I don’t know his whole story yet, but I’m positive this lack of quit is present in other aspects of his everyday life. You and me, we’re going to channel his spirit. Ready?

Winter fitness is a deal. Seasonal depression is real. Motivation wanes. Precipitation and temperatures play teeter-totters and just-kiddings all over the place. Lack of sunshine messes with our psyches. I’m feeling this one in particular…acutely aware that it’s only January, and then the absolute longest month ever of February where I always feel like I really may not make it. My brother’s infrared sauna at Baltuska Chiropractic is currently keeping me alive.

My challenge to you through the rest of the winter season until the sun comes out warm, is to kill the quit. It’s more important than ever to release all those feel-good hormones we can create through our workouts, to keep our souls bright. I’m not even going to mention nutrition. At this point, I just want consistent movement. Move the metal. Work your heart.

If you feel yourself falling under, find some accountability – i.e., friends. Saturday morning workouts are free, and we’ll make you laugh AND sweat, I promise. Throw together a bodyweight workout with Google or YouTube if you just can’t get yourself to leave the house. Twenty-minute workouts count. Bundle up and take a walk. Make your lungs burn with cold, fresh air. Run or walk your stairs and add pushups and squats at the top and bottom. Join a gym, if just for the winter months.

Revisit your 2nd WHY. If your first is to lose weight, the second is “WHY do you want to lose weight?” That’s where you’ll find the push to keep moving. Find out what you’re made of, now is the time to dig deep. (I warned you of the incoming cheese.) Ask any trainer you know, and they’ll tell you that tomorrow will never come. You really will not come upon a day where you can’t find a single excuse. It’s NOW. Dig even into a 3rd WHY. Still need help? Call me. I’ll come walk with you.

I know “dig deep” is so cheeseball that it doesn’t really pack a punch, but let’s talk about it. If you’re at zero capacity, whether it’s inside a workout, a dark emotional place, a tough situation at work, digging deep means creating something out of nothing. To find the water in the desert, you dig. To get to the roots of trees where the magic and strength lies, you dig. You’re not going to want to, not even a little bit. That’s where zero is – it’s at that point where you start digging. Dig. Deep. If you don’t, you will lose. When is the last time you picked up a shovel, just to see? Aren’t you so curious?! I can already see it. I just need you to see it.

If you don’t have any quit in you, losing in an impossibility.

Lastly, I send overwhelming joy and blessings your way throughout 2023! I can’t wait to see where you go and what you can do. Whatever it is, we’re going to do it together.

Side note, in case you need some focus: Power Racing 2023 is set for April 29th. You. Can. Do. This.

(I didn’t mention nutrition – don’t take that as me saying it’s all good to fall off that wagon. Because some of you will purposefully misinterpret. Remember, if you need help here, I got you.) 

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