My fitness identity serves as a basic component of a solid foundation on which "motivation" stands. If I have a strong identity as a fit individual, motivation takes care of itself, because actions are not made up of micro-decisions that may or not connect with my mood or "motivation." With a strong fitness identity, my actions flow and are consistent with my identity. Conversely, without a fitness identity, I am leaving my actions to chance and a flow inconsistent with fitness.
Reconnecting with my fitness identity has quickly and dramatically affected my physical posture, my body language, energy level, and my exercise calendar. It has also had an effect on the perceptions of friends and colleagues, who have noticed a difference. Most importantly, I do not have to agonize about whether or not I am going to the gym.. I just go. It is a part of my daily activities and I no longer put myself in a position to decide on a day-by-day basis. It has affected my stress and relaxation level. It has been a huge boost to my exercise routine in that it has affected the energy level that I bring to my workouts.
Fortunately, a majority of us had a strong fitness identity at one time (even if we have lost it). Youth is a natural source for a strong fitness identity. However, some of us are not so lucky. A greater number of people in our digital, sedentary society, are no longer influenced, instructed, nor encouraged to develop a fitness identity early in life. Many of us are not mentally or physically conditioned for a fitness identity. It is much easier to develop a fitness identity as a child than it is to try as an adult to regain one.
Do you have a fitness identity? Have you lost touch with your fitness identity? How helpful do you think it is to have a fitness identity? What will you do to retain a fitness identity?