This is the secret to become motivated to do more sports
For as long as I can remember, I have never really been a sporty girl. During my school years, I was one of the girls who continually made up excuses for skipping sports classes. As I grew older, I realised that avoiding any kind of sports or fitness was not a good thing. Therefore, I decided to join the gym with a friend, but in the end, we only ended up signing up for the membership without actually going to the gym.
While it was always on my mind to do sports, I always came up with excuses why I didn’t have the time to do sports. In my twenties, I always felt uncomfortable in my own skin. Although I was skinny, I struggled with self-confidence because of my little belly. Over the years, my stomach became more of a problem, and I became increasingly ashamed of my body. This pushed me to take up sports, as I knew it was time to make a change.
However, as someone who had not done sports for decades, I would have to force myself to do something, and with being forced to do something, this never ends well. So how did I end up from a girl who does not do sports at all to someone who does sports several times a week?
The secret to do more sports:
This answer is very simple: you just have to find a sport that brings you joy and passion. When we find pleasure in something, we eagerly anticipate its return – a simple yet powerful truth that can inspire us in all aspects of life. To me, this joy and passion comes in the form of tennis, club cycling and swimming. I am also doing reformer pilates with a friend, but that sport is more for getting my body in shape than for joy and fun. In my opinion, it is so important to find a sport that brings you joy and excitement about it.
During my summer vacation and the Oktoberfest, I took a break from my weekly sports sessions. But, I realised that once you fall out of a habit, it takes a lot of discipline and willpower to get back into it. However, I found that if you enjoy doing something, it’s much easier to get back into it. As a result, I’ve managed to get back on the tennis court twice a week these days, while I can’t seem to motivate myself to attend the reformer Pilates class.
Be gentle with yourself and find your passion
So, if you find yourself struggling with finding motivation to do sports or fitness, the secret is to find something that brings you joy and something you can be passionate about. Remember, finding a sport or fitness workout that you love may take some time and experimentation. But don’t let that discourage you! Embrace the journey and try out different forms of movement. If you are a sports newbie like me, try other things to see what feels good and fun for you. It will be different for everyone. My friends don’t like the same sports I love, and I don’t enjoy their favourite fitness activities. Remember, everyone is unique, and there is a perfect fit out there for you. Just find something that is meant to bring you joy and happiness and keep you fit. At the end of the day, it’s about you feeling good and happy!