I have been watching UFC fighting for over ten years. I enjoy the passion and the dedication that it takes to be successful at the sport of fighting. What other sport requires a black belt in so many different categories in order to be considered "good" at it?
My old habit for watching the fights was to head to a sports bar. I would sit for hours, eat horrible food and celebrate the fight victories as if I was the one inside the octagon. I could tell you all the names of the fighters and during the fight, I could tell you all the names of the moves the fighters used to earn the victory. I began asking myself what I was accomplishing. How was I getting better at something in life? How was I taking care of my health?
The answers weren't pleasant. Something in me clicked one day and I realized I was wasting valuable time. Why am I just sitting here passively watching a sport I feel so passionate about, when I could actually learn some martial arts myself? I found Jui-jitsu and I have never looked back.
On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday every single week, I strap on a Jui-jitsu Gi, and I compete against myself and others in this very physical wrestling style of martial arts. I can't think of another sport or exercise that allows me to release my full effort and strength while inflicting no personal harm to myself or my opponent. I had found my workout motivation hack! Do something I love that is also active. Fitness motivation solved!
The gym where I train is a supportive and encouraging environment, made up of people who are all hungry to learn and improve their skills. I come home exhausted (and sometimes bruised and battered) every night, but I come home with a smile. After a day of recovery (usually, I do cardio or strength training on those off days) and I can't wait to get back to the Jui-jitsu gym. The peace, friendships, and love that Jui-jitsu gives me are priceless.
Occasionally, I still watch the UFC fights , but I use that as a reward for working out. The incentive I offer myself is that if I am exercising on the elliptical machine or treadmill when the fights are on TV, I can watch the fight. It's the best of both worlds and works great for me as I work on my fitness goals during my weight loss challenge.
I have another very cool workout motivation trick that I use to help push myself through my exercise routine. Each round of a fight is set for five minutes. My goal is to walk fast during that five minutes. When there is only one minute and thirty seconds left in the round, I crank everything on the cardio machine wide open and I drive myself to finish the entire 1:30 at full effort. I use the clocks on the UFC fights to create a form of high intensity interval training (HIIT) for my cardio workout. This is a much better way to watch UFC and a much better way to do interval training. I use my love of Jui-jitsu to enjoy actively doing martial arts, as well as to motivate myself to work out harder while I watch the pros fight.
Outside of your normal workouts, find yourself a hobby that encourages you to become better. Paddle boarding, hiking, or just playing with your kids at a playground. Anything that gets you up and moving will make you feel better in the long run. Having fun is one of the most effective workout motivation hacks available and is a great way to get in shape.
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