Without a first step, none of the others happen.
This month I’m interested in what motivates us to change our behaviours.
From the age of three or four, I dreamed of becoming an athlete. At 16, it started to feel like a possibility. Since then, I’ve never stopped analysing why people do things and what could make them perform better.
What I’ve learnt is that when it comes to exercise and keeping fit, asking ‘why’ is important.
Find out what motivates you (and what demotivates you) and then go out there and gather information on how to achieve your goal. Your approach doesn’t need to be perfect, and just because someone – like me – recommends one way of doing things, doesn’t mean it’s the right way for you. Use others and their experiences as inspiration, and go and find what works.
But the first step is what connects all of us – because we’ve all been there. It doesn’t matter if you’re an elite athlete or you’ve never exercised before, it takes determination to take the first step, and you don’t need all the right answers, or the right moment. You just need to take it.
This month we’ll look at ways to tackle mental barriers in exercise, find the best approach for managing muscle and tendon injuries, plus I’ll be giving a personal insight into my journey from AFL athlete to novice on a bike.
First off, let’s take a look at The importance of goals (and how to set them).