How do i stay so motivated?

I'm often asked how I stay so motivated, and I get quite a few compliments from people telling me how much they admire my level of commitment and dedication to training and exercise. It's always nice to get a compliment, but I'm not so sure people should be so impressed by simply taking an hour a day to do something I enjoy, look forward to and am passionate about. To me, that's what life is all about! 

On the other hand, probably just as often (if not more) I'll get a bit of a lecture about how I push myself too hard, put too much pressure on myself or whatever, and I should allow myself to have a day off from training and eating right, and just relax and get some take-away instead. I suppose this is probably well intentioned advice, but it always annoys me a little because it makes no sense to me to take a day off from doing what I love. There are scheduled rest days in my program, and some days you have other obligations that get in the way of training, or you need an unscheduled rest day for some reason, but to just take a day off for no reason and sit around bored instead? As my friend likes to say "Do you think Alexander The Great took a day off from being The Great?"

Not to mention, as a professional Personal Trainer it's important that set a good example to my clients and practice what I preach. I need to look the part as well, so slacking off and getting out of shape is NOT an option if I want to be able to pay my bills on time!

Having a great life is all about doing something you enjoy, that helps you to be the person you want to be, every day. Even if you're not interested in sports, and don't have a competitive spirit, doesn't everyone want to look feel their best, full of energy and vitality? Fitness, exercise and physical activity is the vehicle towards getting the best out of life.

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