February 16, 2022

Struggling with Motivation? Try Laura’s mindset switch!

Thinking back, this mindset is something I discovered through my running. For me, running is like meditation, I just feel so alive, free and present in the moment. 

When I head off on my morning runs, I’m often in a really positive headspace so naturally I’ll start thinking about the things that I’m grateful for, whether it be the beautiful weather, my supportive family or each and every one of you, our incredible KIC community. 

Something that would always pop up was my gratitude for actually being able to go on a run! Although moving our bodies comes so naturally to many of us, unfortunately there are also so many people that can no longer or have never experienced this freedom. 

Next time you’re struggling to find motivation, instead of thinking ‘I really should workout today’ switch your mindset to remind yourself ‘how lucky am I to be able to workout today.’ The ability to move our bodies is a blessing, one that we shouldn’t take for granted. It’s not just our physical capabilities that we can be grateful for, it’s also important to acknowledge the privilege of having the time and financial freedom to be able to exercise, as this is something that not everyone has access to. 

Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t always had this mindset, and in all honesty, there are days where I lack motivation and think to myself ‘I really should work out but I just can’t be bothered’, we’re all human! But when these thoughts pop up, I’m quick to remind myself how amazing I’ll feel after I move my body, and how lucky I am that I get to experience this feeling. 

I think it’s so important to exercise in a way that makes you happy, as this will help reduce those feelings of dread. In the past I developed a negative relationship with exercise, where I’d push my body to the limit during each workout, feeling absolutely exhausted afterwards, so when I’d wake up to do it all over again, I would really dread it. 

Overtime I’ve learnt that exercise can and should be enjoyable and doesn’t need to take up hours in your day. This year my goal is to complete two KIC Pilates workouts and two strength workouts per week, both of which are literally 20 minute workouts. It’s all about finding a movement that works for you!

Laura Henshaw