If I need motivation for anything, it is to exercise. And I know I’m not alone. It is the beginning of the year, and of course all of my yoga classes are full.
The gym is full. Trails are packed with people out for nature hikes and runs.
But come March, then April, the classes, the gym, and the trails will all slowly empty out. And I will be working hard to not be one of the many who abandons her fitness goals. It is hard to stay motivated to exercise. Harder, I would argue, than perhaps anything else.
So yes, we should draw on any help we can get, from the physical to the spiritual, including crystals for exercise motivation.
Why Is It So Hard?
Why indeed. One Harvard scientist posits that we are hard-wired toward laziness. Humans are not biologically designed to go for a run four days a week. We are biologically designed to survive. We are biologically designed to run from a lion when we are being chased. We are biologically designed to hunt for food. But no, we are not wired to get outside for some P.E.
Think about it. Throughout history, literally all the way up to about fifty years ago, life was exercise. We had to plant gardens, wash dishes and clothes by hand, till fields, even work in factories.
The idea that we could simply sit at a desk for hours as a way of surviving is brand spanking new.
And sadly, humans are creatures of habit. If we sit all week long at work or school, we will likely also sit all weekend long in front of the television. We are not hard wired to sit all day every day, but modern life sure is conditioning us to do so. And it is conditioning our kids to follow in our footsteps.
They sit behind desks all day and then come home to sit on devices.
Long story short: it’s not all your fault you’re lazy and don’t feel motivated to exercise.
But: it is your responsibility to do the work anyway.
The Hard Work Is the Good Work
My yoga teacher said this phrase to the class last night as we huffed and puffed our way through hot yoga, dripping sweat and desperate for some cool air. “The hard work is the good work.” It resonated with me, as I am sure it will with you. We have been hearing this our whole lives, haven’t we? Nothing worth doing is easy. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
Tons of adages exist that point to how everything we want is on the other side of hard work.
But… Law of Attraction?
Yes, it’s true. Law of attraction says you should not have to work hard. That if you are in alignment, things come easily to you. You do not have to spend your life sweating and huffing and puffing.
I used to struggle with this one a lot. How could it be possible that I could have every single thing I wanted and never lift a finger to do hard work? And if that was true, why did I never see any lazy people living the lives of their dreams? And why did everyone I admired seem to work hard?
The Rock Says
Then one day I was scrolling Instagram, and I saw a post from Dwayne Johnson, formerly known as The Rock. He made a comment about how he was “the hardest worker in the room.” Hmmm… I thought. There’s something here.
Johnson’s story, for those who don’t know it, is that he was entirely down on his luck. His father had died. He had been recruited to play football in Florida only to be dropped from the team. He was broke, living in a car, and he had seven dollars in his pocket. He was down, depressed, and suicidal.
From there, he pulled himself up, put on a wrestling uniform, and decided to follow in his dad’s footsteps. He would abandon his dream of becoming a professional football player, and he would instead take this new journey.
He threw himself into it with everything he had, and he rose to become one of the most well-known professional wrestlers the world has ever seen.
Today, he is the highest paid actor in Hollywood.
Here’s the thing: he is the hardest working person in the room.
But he loves it.
Learn to Love the Work
That’s the trick to manifesting everything you want. Yes, you do the work. You will work hard, but you will work hard doing something you love. So it won’t really feel like work.
Like me. I sit here writing this blog for you. I record my podcast for you. Sometimes I’m up late at night doing this work. Often, I turn down opportunities to go hang out with friends or do other things I find fun. But I love the work I do. I love it. I’m good at it. I’m in full alignment. So someone else might look at me and think “man, she works really hard. How does she do it? I could never do that.” But you could do something you love, and you could work really hard at it. You could learn to love it. And you could manifest everything you ever dreamed of.
There’s a great quote I’ve seen a few times in passing: “Don’t wish for life to be easier. Wish to be stronger.”
That’s the key. Learn to get strong. Learn to love what you do. Learn to find more ways in life to love what you do.
With that, you will find the motivation to exercise.
5 Crystals for Exercise Motivation
I love using crystals for exercise motivation because they encourage us to expel negative energy, to bring in positive energy, and to focus on the best ways to get to our fitness goals. I once listened to Abraham Hicks in conversation with a young man asking about how to get motivated to exercise when he didn’t want to.
“I know it’s good for me,” he said. “But sometimes I just don’t want to. You say we should only do what we want to do and never do anything we don’t want to do, to stay in alignment with source. How does it make sense that I should just not exercise when I don’t want to?”
“We would say that the answer is not to never work out when you don’t want to, but to sit with yourself and talk yourself into wanting to. Get yourself to a place where you do want to. Have that conversation with yourself. For you will get far better results from exercising when you want to than you ever will doing it begrudgingly.” Abraham responded, all wisdom.
So this is the key. Use your crystals as part of your practice to encourage yourself to exercise for all reasons you want to exercise.
- You know it is good for your total wellness
- It will give you more energy in the long run
- You will sleep better
- You will live longer
- You may lose some weight if that is your goal
- You will find yourself eating better
- Your skin will be clearer
- You will feel better
The list goes on. As you sit with your crystals, wake up with your crystals on your bedside, and carry your crystals in your pocket, place your focus on all the positive energy about exercise you can muster. You will find that positive energy amplified by your crystals and growing by your actions.
Black Onyx This one is an intensely grounded and supportive stone. It holds space for you as you talk yourself into your exercise goals. It helps remind you to trust your intuition and rely on your inner strength.
Tiger’s Eye The tiger’s eye gives you vitality and spurs you into action. This one is great to help you manifest your big exercise goals.
Red Jasper This stone is great for endurance and stamina. So if you’re heading out to hike or go for a long run, red jasper will remind you to stick with it for the duration.
Sodalite Maintain focus with sodalite. It helps you release whatever hang-ups or fears you have around your athletic goals and empowers you to do whatever you set your mind to.
Run Like the River
Now is as good a time as any to get started. Talk yourself into the amazing benefits of starting a regular exercise routine and call on your crystals to help you. And don’t forget to let me know how it went!