For most of my life I hated working out. When ever I knew I had to I would dread it dragging my feet as long as possible before finally starting. Sure sometimes after the workout endorphins would kick in and I would feel good…but that never carried over to the next day to work out. I always need an outside push to actually get going. That was either from a drill sergeant, coach, or my wife. I never woke up and thought man I wish I was exercising right now. This was probably one of the biggest reasons for my failure to ever keep up with a workout program. Finding motivation to workout was by far harder then the actual workout.
Than it happens. A few months back I start learning to perform powerlifts. I quickly fell in love. I never knew that working out could be this fun and rewarding. I had a daily measure to show that I was getting stronger and stronger. I was lifting about three times a week at that point with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off. I found myself wishing for Monday to come around just for a workout. I could not believe what was happening. I was looking forward to the end of the weekend just so I would workout again. It had finally happened. I was motivated to workout without anyone else driving me to do it. I found that I had Intrinsic motivation.
For most of my life it was always external motivation that got me doing something positive for my health well for the first time I did not need anyone to motivate me. I used to think people that were so eager to workout everyday were crazy. I have now figured out how they feel and it is one of the greatest feeling in the world. Do yourself a favor and find something that gives you that intrinsic motivation. Once you have it you will be on your way to having a stronger life. Do something you love and love doing it. Speaking of which I am going to go pick up something heavy.