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September 9, 2023

‘You will never just have motivation’: Fitness myth you need to stop believing

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Whether it’s an excuse or a genuine belief, the term “lack of motivation” is a common justification for avoiding something difficult.

That’s particularly true when it comes to exercise habits, with ‘How do I get motivated to exercise?’ continuing to be one of the highest fitness-related search terms on Google.

And we hate to break it to you, but according to international Sweat personal trainer Kelsey Wells, the idea of needing motivation is something we need to rethink.

“I need you to understand one thing. You will never just have motivation,” she tells 9Honey Coach.

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Sweat trainer Kelsey Wells with the hard truth. (Instagram)

“You have to get up and create it,” she adds.

And that all comes down to the kind of motivation you want.

“The only true lasting motivation is intrinsic motivation and that is all on you,” she tells us.

“So for someone struggling to feel motivated, it is about committing to something. And following through – start small, say 10 minutes, three times a week, get up and move your body, be consistent and you’ll feel more motivated to do more.”

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You won’t ever just have motivation you need to create it, she says. (Instagram)

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Wells often incorporates mindfulness into her workout programs and says it can be as simple as not comparing yourself to other people, especially in the gym.

“Remember every single person in the gym had a day one and you deserve to be there just as much as anyone else,” she says.

“I know that it can be hard not to compare yourself to other people. But please remember that your journey is individual and that you are there first and foremost to honour yourself and care for your health.”

Then it’s really about looking at your motive behind exercise.

“It can sound a little bit strange but the motive for your movement is so powerful and when you choose to be aware of why you are moving your body, if it’s not out of love and celebration, it should at least be out of respect and to care for yourself and your health.

“It is so powerful and it will game change your workouts. Trust me.”

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Incorporating mindfulness into exercise has been ‘game-changing’ for Wells. (Supplied)

Of course, fighting the comparison demon can be hard, especially with most people on social media shining a light on the good parts of their lives.

As someone who has undergone her own extensive transformation both physically and mentally, Wells knows it can be easy to fall into a trap of confusing training efforts with simply having ‘good genetics’.

“It is easy to look at someone and think that they have things easy as a trainer,” she says.

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“I hear all the time people are frustrated because they’re not seeing results or they feel like they’ve been at it or working hard and things aren’t changing for them. And there are two key points that I think are really important to keep in mind.”

She says it’s about focusing on what you can control, instead of what you can’t.

“First and foremost, genetics do play such a big role in our life. But genetics are out of our control. What is in our control is our habits, our actions, our thoughts, our choices and our lifestyle that we create for ourselves. That is the powerful driver, no matter what your genetics are,” she explains.

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And the second thing to remember is that change takes time.

“Shifting your body composition is something that in my personal experience took me years. And beyond that, the results that you seek shouldn’t be just aesthetic, because there are results that are quite immediate that we then miss completely if we are so focused on how we look in the mirror,” Wells says.

“I want you to remember that when you implement regular exercise, you get benefits like post-workout endorphins, having more energy, sleeping better and growing stronger.

“These things happen more quickly than you might see your body change in the mirror. And those are the things that should be focused on before anything else. If you can see that, then you’ll see that you’re winning already.”

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