Being Human, we all fear something.  Whether it be a phobia like the fear of heights or the fear of public speaking it’s something we all have to face at some point in our lives.  One of the largest fears is the fear of “change”.

Whether it’s a personal change to one’s lifestyle, a new job, a new destination to call home (a change in location), a really almost anything new is a change and one of the hardest things to get motivated to do.

Personally, one of the hardest things for me to get motivated to do was to accept that my lifestyle wasn’t the healthiest and to something about it.

Perhaps the most motivation for a lifestyle change came from hearing of the unfortunate passing away of friends I grew up with, passing away in their 40’s and 50’s.

Everything from bad nutrition (a lot of junk food) to bad habits such as smoking and drinking had me feeling even at the best of times, not all that healthy.

Once the motivation to change took place and I started developing better eating habits, starting an exercise routine, putting bad habits to rest or at least in moderation, the change in myself both physically and mentally was becoming very apparent.

I’ll list just some benefits for me personally:

  1. An abundance of energy
  2. Insomnia became a thing of the past
  3. Mentally healthy with an overall optimistic outlook
  4. A happy, feeling good, attitude towards myself & others
  5. Better appearance
  6. More stamina

I could go on and on about the benefits but how does one get motivated to keep up the exercise routine and healthy eating habits?  A few of mine personally are:

  1. Listening to music that I love as part of the exercise routine
  2. Looking at old pictures of the “old” me
  3. Knowing that when I’m stressed or tense that exercise is the key
  4. When I think of old habits such as fast food, how I felt physically after eating that junk.

Even at times when I do feel like skipping the workout and believe me it happens, I force myself to make the time and just do it.  Those happen to be some of my “best” workouts.

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