Sometimes it's all about finding the right goals
The #bodylove revolution has been a wonderful thing. It's given men and women the confidence to love and appreciate themselves at any size, shape, or fitness level. That's a good thing.
Self-confidence is wonderful, but there's a potential side effect: If you think you look pretty good (and I hope you do!), you may not be as motivated to work out if your motivations are typically grounded in the physical benefits of fitness.
That's more or less the experience of Lia, a San Francisco Bay Area travel blogger. "I always wanted to develop a gym habit, I'd just never been able to stick to it. There was literally a free gym in my building for me to use whenever I wanted, and I still didn't use it for years. Previously, my goal for going to the gym was the basic lose weight/feel better/be healthier schlep that everyone knows they should do but nobody actually cares enough to do. Besides, wanting to look better isn't terribly motivating when you already think you're attractive."
Lia changed her mindset when she decided she wanted to be stronger so she could do more fun things, like hiking, rock climbing, and surfing. "I gave myself goals to train for, gains to make rather than weight to lose, and that was much more exciting for me. I took up powerlifting and found that it was insanely addictive and so much fun! When you first start out, everything feels heavy, even the bar, but every time you lift it successfully, your body adapts to be a little bit stronger, and the next time you work out, you're able to lift more."