Find Your Romantic Motivation
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and love can make you do strange things. Maybe you’ll surprise yourself and try something completely different – like a new exercise regimen. Maybe you’re crushing on a gym rat, a marathon runner, a star athlete or a health nut. Either way, nothing motivates us to trade in our couch potato status for a new gym membership like newfound love.
Does the guy or girl you like train for triathlons? Do they have killer abs? Yep, love can swipe us right out of our comfort zones and make us brave winter running trails and jam-packed health clubs. Whether you’re flying solo or your heart is already complete this Valentine’s Day, use that romantic feeling to fire up your motivation to exercise.
Exercise doesn’t have to be noble. Working out can help you build confidence, live longer and be there for the ones you love. But sometimes you just want to look attractive and feel good! Man or woman, a desire to look “ah-mazing” for your romantic interest can be a strong motivator (this applies to both married and single statuses.) Whatever gets you motivated to go through your gym’s front door—good for you. Motivation doesn’t always need to be deep. Sometimes you just want to rock your body, rock that outfit and rock your romantic interest’s world.
Opt for happy exercise. If you are single and crushing on someone at your gym, that crush could be your ticket to the treadmill … or the elliptical … or taking that small group fitness class. Accidentally (wink, wink) running into your crush at the gym can bring a smile to your face while you work out your body. Furthermore, studies show sweat can make you feel happy and get this – more attractive. The endorphins released during exercise are your body’s natural happy drug, and often create a sense of self–love that makes you glow!
People who work out together, stay together. If you and your love interest both enjoy working out, you are starting out strong. There’s a high probability that you will motivate one another to keep it up. You talk the same exercise language. Maybe your date night can start with a spin class or you can schedule a weekend run. How amazing is it to start a new relationship on common ground and shared interests?
Love is a strong motivator. If you’ve been bitten by the “love bug,” use it to your advantage to get your butt moving again.