Maurice Williams offers a rare combination of advanced academic training, personal experience as a competitive athlete, and seventeen years of experience in personal fitness and training. That combination –- a strong understanding of exercise and sport science and clinical exercise physiology, the determination of a competitive athlete, and broad fitness experience –- makes Maurice uniquely effective in helping his clients meet their health and fitness goals. He has a BS in Exercise/Sport Science from Elon College (Now Elon University) and an MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Ohio University.
Motivating yourself to workout, despite all of the known benefits to do so, can be a major challenge. As the husband of a wife who is a homemaker and homeschooler, I see how challenging it is to find the time and energy to exercise (or do anything for yourself for that matter, lol!). However, if my wife can do it, guess what, so can you. Here are three tips that I learned from my wife about how you can motivate yourself to workout.
Ask someone else to Pay For It: If you are like my wife, then you do not like to waste money, particular someone else’s money! As a result, she was given the gift of personal training by someone she loves (me). I bought her a pack of 6 sessions to get her going and it worked. She met with a personal trainer (not me of course) once a week for 6 weeks and worked out by herself an additional day during the week. This was the motivation she needed as she did not have to come up with the program herself, the workout was short enough (30 minutes) and she was provided simple exercises that she could do on her own (which she did during her additional day on her own). Guess what, she got results and it jumpstarted her to exercising regularly. As a personal trainer myself, I have to agree that paying for personal training can be very motivating: personal trainers are great motivators to exercise
Get an accountability partner: While my wife was in medical school, she had a workout partner. She has since told me that this was the most consistent time ever in her life that she had exercised because she did not want to let her friend down. They exercised at least three times every week around the same time each day(creating a habit!). If you are like her, then this may be the best route for you take. Research shows that there is strength in numbers!!
Be the example: If you are like my wife, then your number one concern is for your kids (or your spouse or friends if you do not have a family). Everything that you do and say revolves around them. As a result, our kids have a great deal of respect for her and trust her every move (well, at least most of the time). Since we are teaching our kids to live a healthy lifestyle, it is very important that they see us practicing what we teach. My wife has incorporated exercise into our kids’ daily routine with her. Sometimes, they will go for a walk around the neighborhood, while other times, they will do an exercise DVD together. Remember, the family that exercises together, stays together! If you do not believe me, then click here: family and exercising together.
So, there you have it. My three tips for motivating yourself to workout include: asking someone to pay for personal training for you, working out with someone else and being an example to your family or loved ones. Start incorporating all three of these and you will not be disappointed in the results.