Wednesday 25 March 2020

Fitness for Shut-ins Part One: Motivation vs Dedication

A three-part series about staying fit and healthy while on lockdown

These puppies are going to stay looking new for a while. (Image: author's own)

In this strange new world, it's going to be harder than usual to stay fit and healthy, but it CAN be done.

First, let's discuss the difference between motivation and dedication. Motivation is wanting to do something, which is great. It's having a good reason to do what you're doing, and it's how most people get results: they want to get fit, so they work out and eat better.

Some days, however, even the most motivated people don't feel like working out. I have had days (and still do) where I would rather die than eat another chicken breast, and would sell my firstborn if I could just lay on the couch with several Creme Eggs, even though I have a very good reason to do the opposite. That's when dedication kicks in.

Committing to a task means doing it even when you don't feel like it (see also, Work or Marriage). Dedication is always linked to motivation, but goes that extra step towards action. After all, it's not enough to have a good reason or a goal in mind. What gets you there are the actions you take every single day.

So, how do you make this work for you while you're locked in your house? Easy.

Keep reading...

What do you want to achieve while you're stuck inside? How are you going to do it?

Watch for Part Two: Indoor and Small-Space Fitness Routines and Part Three: Home Fitness Tracking Tools

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