Getting in ShapeGetting fit is a common goal among many people, and for good reason! One problem many beginners face, however, is that it’s easy to lose steam early on before fitness and healthy living really become a habit. Finding fitness motivation doesn’t have to be hard. One of the best ways to get your spark back is to think about the reasons behind your goals.

People have many different reasons for wanting to get fit. Some are concerned about their health, while others want to improve their appearance. If you’re feeling unmotivated, it might be because you haven’t kept your “reason why” at the forefront of your mind. Maybe you never even had one and just feel like it’s something you should do. Whatever the case may be, you’ll likely be able to relate to at least a few of the reasons listed here.

See Results Now! Short Term Reasons to Get Fit

If you’re stuck in a rut, you’ll probably appreciate the fact that you don’t have too wait long to start seeing some of the benefits of exercising. There are quite a few that will manifest in a relatively short amount of time, such as:

  • Happier mood. Working out causes your body to release more endorphins, the chemical neurotransmitters that make you feel happy. The best part? The mental benefits are immediate!
  • More energy. It seems odd, since you probably feel a bit fatigued immediately after a workout, especially if you exercise at night. However, those who work out regularly do enjoy more energy overall.
  • Set a good example. When you make working out a habit, you’re setting a great example for those around you to make healthy choices, too. It can be very inspiring to serve as someone else’s fitness motivation!
  • Boost confidence. Before you even see any physical results, you can enjoy more confidence about making good choices. The fact is, you might regret skipping your workouts, but will never regret just doing it – working out will make you feel great about yourself.
  • Better sleep. Those who work out consistently fall asleep faster and enjoy better quality of rest!

Fitness For The Long Haul: Improve Your Quality of Life

Getting in shape also offers long-term benefits, of course. Once you meet your goals and are in good shape, you’ll notice even more benefits, including:

  • Reduced risk of injury and illness. A healthy body is much more resilient to accidents, germs and viruses. Your immune system will thank you. John F. Kennedy predicted wisely, “Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.”
  • An easier time finding clothes. If you’re not in the best shape now, you probably know how it feels to try on a piece of clothing you really like only to find that it doesn’t look very good once it’s on. Reaching a healthy weight and getting more toned means that you’ll have an easier time finding clothes that fit well and look nice on you.
  • More great memories with your kids. If you have children or ever want to, getting in shape will allow you to be more active with them – those memories will be well worth it!
  • Better overall health. People who work out regularly, maintain a healthy weight, and live a generally healthy life live longer and have lower rates of many diseases like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.
  • Better posture. As your muscle tone improves, your posture will too, decreasing your susceptibility to chronic back problems and injuries.
If you often find yourself getting into health “ruts,” you might benefit from keeping fitness motivation in obvious places in your life. For example, set an alarm on your phone that shows you inspiring fitness quotes throughout the day. (While you’re at it, set a reminder to take your daily organic vitamin!) Or, post your goals where you’ll see them often. Do what works for you to keep the reasons you relate to in the forefront of your mind.