By Personal Trainer Abby Derbyshire
As a fitness professional, I get a lot of questions about motivation and how to stay fit and active.
Motivation itself has a complexity of psychological context within it and can be considered in behavioral, mental, and even the neural aspects of our being. For example, our choice to join the Club then influences our goals and the pleasure we receive from working out, which in turn influences the way that our brain and body responds to the stimulating effect of moving our bodies. Physiologically, we are pretty amazing!
For me personally, living a full and busy life, I make my work out a part of my daily routine. I write it on my calendar, I schedule a time to show up or find a friend to meet. I listen to my body most importantly and I take necessary rest days when my body needs to repair and rebuild. Honestly, I’m not always motivated to come work out or go for a long run. Yes, even us professionals feel this way from time to time! That’s just a part of being human.
The way I prefer to address this topic is through talking about discipline. When I talk with members about finding their reason for coming to work out, I encourage them to think about how they can make the lifestyle change. How can a workout fit in to your day so that you want to show up, so that you look forward to the movement before or after work- even when you don’t want to, you do it? That shift in attitude takes discipline.
Here are some tips to help:
create a plan, put it in your phone, book a reservation, plan to meet a friend or family member, write it on your to-do list for the day, workout in the morning if possible. We live in Colorado- take it outside! There are plenty of ways to change our behaviors. If you need help with discipline, I’d love to talk with you!
After embarking on a wellness journey of her own, Abby is excited to help others achieve their goals and experience the benefits of overall health. Her passion for running, strength training and a healthy lifestyle have all given her the opportunity to invest in herself through physical fitness and properly fueling her body. Her changes in lifestyle have led her to pursue a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She would love to walk with you on your own journey and help you reach your goals!
BA Mental Health Psychology
NASM Certified Personal Trainer