What is your motivation to exercise?

Often, I meet girls who join the gym because they have gotten engaged or because they feel they need to slim down to meet someone. While I am all for using your feelings and thoughts as motivation to exercise and achieve goals, the question here is what is your goal and who is it for?

If your reason to exercise is based on the reaction of others and it is done purely to satisfy or to please someone else, then the likelihood of the habit sticking is sadly quite low. How we feel within ourselves and how we look at our bodies should be an opinion formulated by ourselves, not those around us. Your body is your vessel that houses your soul; it is the ship that moves you through the ocean of life. We encounter many other ships, some that flow along the same part of the ocean for a very long time however they are a separate entity to you. If you change your course of direction to continue to follow that ship or to catch up with another, your energy levels drop when things get difficult. Likewise, to be healthy and to focus on achieving optimal fitness has to be a decision made by you for you.

That being said, I am not saying we should ignore what others advise us. For example, if your mum is nagging you to be conscious of your food choices because you BMI is 40, then this is different all together. However, if your friends are making you feel uncomfortable because you wear a size 10 whilst they wear a size 6, maybe the problem is with the attitude of those friends rather than you. The danger of these influences is that they lead to unhealthy mindsets towards exercise and healthy eating.


My point is: if you start trying to change your eating and exercise habits for anyone else than your not likely to stick to it. In the long run, it will kill your confidence and make you look negatively towards your ability to stick to a healthy routine. Your ability is not the problem, it is what was driving you to do it in the first place. Diesel in a car that takes petrol not only fails to get you to your destination, it produces unwanted problems for the engine. Start with what you feel comfortable with, be that hitting the weights room in the gym or doing home exercises. Eat the food you like and enjoy – not what the masses are eating.


My motivation: Allah gave me a gift of health (Alhumdullilah – All praise and gratitude be towards Allah) and, regardless of what those around me do or say, I will try my best to hold onto that health by looking after myself.


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  • Reply zahra

    So true! I always remind my clients that they need to have a WHY because it’s what will motivate them and then to make sure the WHY is as selfish as possible. It’s not about what your friend wants for you but what you want for yourself. Thank you for sharing!

    October 26, 2017 at 11:37 am
  • Reply meemfay

    You are so right. It should be for our happiness alone, we should love ourselves for us. Because the happier we are the better we can perform for others. The thing that keeps me going is a healthy life. I’ve been to a world of fat and double chins and it wasn’t appealing so don’t want to be going back there. Want to feel fresh and healthy ?

    October 27, 2017 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply Tas

    Assalaamu Alaikkum…I totally agree with you Aishah..nthat alone should be our motivation…my motivation is I need health in order to worship my lord by perfecting my prayers…to pray with kushoo, lesser intake of food gives more concentration….Jazak Allahu khayran for the motivation…

    October 27, 2017 at 3:21 pm
    • Reply Aishah

      Walaikum Asalaam this is exactly my motivation too 🙂 May Allah make it easy for us!

      October 30, 2017 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Muslim Mummy

    My motivation is my health. I did start going to the gym but then circumstances made it difficult… in sha Allah will get back into exercising now.

    October 27, 2017 at 3:28 pm
    • Reply Aishah

      Perhaps try exercising at home, following a particular plan or home workout videos. The gym is just one aid to attain health 🙂

      October 30, 2017 at 10:46 am
  • Reply greatthingsinuae

    I absolutely agree with you. What motivates you to exercise or to do any dieting or any way to keep yourself healthy must not come from others. For sure it will not last long. It is indeed a great discipline and be clear with your goals to keep it running.

    October 27, 2017 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply Untouched By Fire

    So undeniably true. I’ve seen lots of girls going all crazy over their weight, only because of peer pressure or weddings coming up and it really is sad. I do try to gain motivation and practice, the only things that gets on my way is my lazyness lol.

    October 28, 2017 at 12:50 pm
    • Reply Aishah

      I think we sometimes mistake it as laziness! The more you exercise and eat well, the more energy your body gets and the cycle of so-called laziness gets broken 🙂

      October 30, 2017 at 10:46 am
  • Reply lubnakarim06

    Your motivation is motivating me….Perfect to think that way….You tell you…I never had any thing called healthy routine…or regular work out sessions….I keep my food habits simple and my routine work is my regular work out….

    October 29, 2017 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Bint-i Noor Fatima

    Almost every year i get myself jumped into exercise for my health and then it goes just for one month.

    October 30, 2017 at 6:41 am
    • Reply Aishah

      I think a lot of people find this happens. Taking small actions regularly is far better and more sustainable than big moves such as cutting lots of things out of your diet. Let me know if you want more particular advice 🙂

      October 30, 2017 at 10:44 am

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