While on my walk I found myself pondering the difference between motivation and inspiration this week.
After googling for definitions and other’s thoughts on it I came up with this:
Inspiration is that which fills me with life, energy and passion. It guides my decisions each day. I would agree with most that it comes from outside of me. Motivation comes from within me and is what moves me to action based on my inspirations.
I’m inspired by a vision of a healthy world, people living in balance with nature and each other. To that end I am motivated to make healthy choices around food and activity. It doesn’t mean that it’s always easy, we all have our days of being totally unmotivated. When that happens I have to go back to my inspiration, my vision, and renew my commitment to the end goal.
If your inspiration is to live a long and healthy life here’s a little motivation for you:
Daily walking has the power to reduce symptoms of depression by 41%, chances of colon cancer by 31%, chances of coronary heart disease by 36%, chances of a stroke by 43%, chances of type 2 diabetes by 30% and chances of dementia and alzheimer’s by up to 27%.
You can replace walking with any other physical activity each day, allowing for a fun variety of options. Biking, skiing, snowshoeing even playing at the park with your kids is an option, how fun would that be?
Be inspired by a vision of a strong and healthy body, mind and spirit, then be motivated by all the goodness of being outdoors.
Have fun out there!