When the announcer came over the loud speaker and told the audience at “Stars and Stripes Powerlifting Competition” that I had been competing for thirty years, it was a major milestone for me. Throughout my thirty years of exercising I have found several little tricks to keep myself motivated and in the gym.
Have a lot of fun
Most people who don’t work out or hate to work out never make it fun. It’s a chore that they have to do with other painful things. Your mind will avoid unpleasant situations. The “No Pain No Gain” attitude might make you a professional athlete maybe, but for someone who just wants to stay in shape it will destroy your joy.
You don’t need a gym to stay in shape
Before I could afford to go to a gym, I lived in a small apartment in Los Angeles. I pulled the weight set out of the closet, had a small bench, jumping rope and moved a little furniture around and got my workout grove on. Do not use the excuse that you need a gym to stay in shape.
Be Creative Change Up
My wife and I walked five miles with Leslie Sansone and never left the house. We burn our calories with Sugar Ray Leonard and Laila Ali dancing to their “Knockout 2-Pack” tapes. Invent your own cross training exercises. The mind and body loves variety. Variety in your workout keeps you from getting bored and prevents plateauing.
It’s Never About A Diet
Over the years I’ve lost weight, gain weight, lost more weight, but I make a commitment to never allow my exercising program to be about weight loss. Recently I’ve lost nine pounds by increasing my fruit and vegetable intake and drinking more tea. I have also increased my aerobic exercises. I keep a track of my weight but I don’t obsess over it.
Find a competitive sport
My biggest motivation tool over thirty years is I found a sport to compete in. You need a goal that pushes you to the next level. Some like to jog, or playing golf, powerlifting works for me.
Powerlifting is a sport that consists of lifting extremely heavy. These lifts include: Squat, Bench press and Deadlift. Each lift is monitored by a contest judge. I’m a member of U.S. A. Powerlifting http://www.usapowerlifting.com. In 2013, I won my division in the “Star and Stripes” competition in Pennsylvania and in 1997 broke a state record in California.