May 1, 2013 - submitted by Ben, United States of America

Q. Dear Oracle,
I've recently online seen some pictures of Chris doing some killer exercises, and I was wondering what is his motivation to do them and stick to it? I am not fat, but I am not in the best shape, and I always start exercising, but I can never stay motivated and stick to it, so what is his motivation?
Thank you

The Oracle replies:

I hear you, Ben - it's the same for me.
I guess being the frontman of a band is motivation enough but Chris (& the rest of the band) are very health conscious and like to keep fit not just whilst touring, but while they are off campaign - as they are now.
The guys are all Dads too which is incentive to keep active but back to you.

What you need to realize is that we're not all the same - we have different body shape, metabolism, weight, ability, flexibility, stamina and will power.
Results of exercise can take sometimes take a long time to appear. That can slow down the motivation too.

Look into what you're trying to achieve and find out what exercises will work best. My top tip is pick an exercise you LIKE. There's no point doing something you hate as it will always feel like a chore.
Mix it up and vary your regime to keep it interesting if that works for you. Exercise can be boring so try classes which will keep you engaged. Or you could go running and make a playlist of songs that will keep you going.
I think the more you do something, the more it becomes a habit, so you'll be able to get into a routine.
There's a lot you can do but keep this in mind: being healthy and fit is important but don't obsess about weight. Like you say, shape is a better angle to see it from. You can tone up and increase your fitness levels and the scales may not change. You'll feel better for it and surely that'll make it worth it?
Use your end goal as your incentive to stick to it.
I feel like I should go to the gym after that!