This post actually started out as a response to Valerie’s most recent post on motivation.
I am actually amazed at my motivation to remain with martial arts…any other type of regimin I’ve attempted I have lost my steam with. I think that this has been successful where other attempts have not has been because of the social network that is provided by a dojo, no matter what you study. When I am not in class for a few days, when I come back, people ask “where have you been” or “how is everything, we haven’t seen you”. That’s important to me cause I’m not the most social butterfly on the map.
It seems to me, that the only way you get that at a place like the gym is if you are very outgoing –you have to make a serious effort to be social at the gym. As previously mentioned, i am far, far away from the social butterfly. I went to the gym for a year or so, and I never got the feeling that ANYONE really recognised me (as an individual–they always greeted me and were nice and stuff) or would notice if I wouldn’t come to work out.
On the other hand, I KNOW that if I were to drop off the radar, I would be bombarded with text messages and phone calls asking where I am…and I feel relatively confident that if they thought my answer was bull, one of my friends would find their way to my house and drag me there *grinz*
I also think part of it has to be you have to be ready to stick to a workout plan and find what works for you. This definitely works for me. We do something different each time I go, and class is seperated into different sections, so I don’t get bored with doing one exersize for too long…but at the same time, those sections are regimented so there is a routine to class. I also feel like I get a well rounded workout (that is, ALL of my muscles feel like rubber, not just, say my legs), at least most of the time! Additionally, I am LEARNING something. This is SO important towards my motiviation…I am a learner…I like learning…I like the feeling that I am increasing my knowledge about (insert topic here). A run of the mill aerobics class just doesn’t do that for me.
Valerie’s post mentions people who seem to poof, disappear….and I’ve noticed that as well…and when people disappear, stop coming, I feel sad…..maybe they made too many excuses and we weren’t there to drag them to class…maybe no one said “hi” or made them feel welcome…maybe life got too hectic….maybe they moved…maybe it just wasn’t for them. I’m sure some people try martial arts and don’t like it. I can’t imagine it…but maybe they feel as motivated to go to their martial arts class as I do to go to the gym (that is, not at all)
Motivation is a rough thing. If you aren’t really ready to make changes to achieve your goals, or you don’t have concrete, obtainable goals, it will be hard to focus enough to keep your motivation going strong. To me, the goal of “I want to loose weight” isn’t very concrete. You can’t really “feel” loosing a pound, it’s hard to notice a difference in your weight, and your weight flip flops a lot (so annoying!) Dev has a great post on this, and exersize tips, here.
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