Brushing Teeth - Training and motivation

Does anyone actually look forward to brushing their teeth? Sure, it feels nice when you’ve started, you know it’s good for you, and it feels great after...but, does anyone actually get excited to brush their teeth?

Once you start, you could easily half heartedly brush your teeth, just pay lip service to the process. Ok, cool, done, finished, box checked, bed time.

But why?

You’ve come this far. You’ve wet the toothbrush, you’ve put on the toothpaste, wet the toothbrush again, and put it in your mouth. You would hate to go to all that effort to not end up with a clean mouth by the end of it. So you put in all the effort, reap the benefits, you feel minty fresh and ready for any potential close up encounters with important people or dentists.

If this has enticed you to brush your teeth, feel free to take a break from reading to do so.

If you’re wondering where we are going with this, surprise surprise, we are drawing the parallel between brushing your teeth and training.

Does anyone actually get excited to leave their bed to train? Sure, it feels nice when you’ve started, you know it’s good for you, and it feels great after...but, does anyone actually get excited to leave their bed to train?

Once you start, you could meander your way through the session, picking up the barbell, convince yourself you are tired and taking it easy today, or you’re just here to work off the weekend croissants.

But why?

You’ve gotten out of bed (or left work), put on your training gear, warmed up, and come in with the intention of getting better in some capacity.

We aren’t by default going to feel great, have perfect mental clarity, be at our most flexible, or be at our strongest every single day. How do we overcome this?

  1. We make sure we turn up to class. This is the reaching for the toothbrush, the pulling back of the bedsheets, the changing into training gear. Consistency is everything. Each class is one step closer to where I want to be.

  2. We warm-up with purpose and intent. We are priming our bodies to work at maximum capacity so we can make maximum adaptations and prevent injury. We make sure we warm up properly so that our heart rate does not drastically spike in the first minute of our workout. This is the first stage where we make sure the toothpaste covers all regions of our mouth.

  3. We give the best we possibly have each day. If you’re only at 85%, give 100% of the 85%. Ask yourself each time you step to the bar or approach the next burpee, Ask yourself, “Why am I here?”
    If the answer is to get stronger, get fitter, or get faster, make sure your effort reflects that. This is when you really make sure you’re scrubbing away all the shit, the deep clean, the real improvement. YOUR TEETH WILL BE CLEANER, and your goals will be closer.

  4. We take our cool-downs seriously. It’s so easy to think we’re all finished up because the hard stuff is done. We want to have a chat and take it easy or get on with our day. Instead we must take the time to stretch or give some attention to our muscles to promote recovery and overall health. We would not bother implementing a cool down if we didn’t think it was important. It’s a part of the workout, treat it as such. Would you brush your teeth and then just walk about from the basin without rinsing out your mouth?

We will never always be motivated, but what we need to learn is to be disciplined. When you are motivated, ride the wave and enjoy yourself. When that motivation dips down, make sure you grab that toothbrush and put in the effort.