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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Just Motivate Me - for Fitness: Train your mind to train your body by Russell Cotter is a non-fiction self-help guide for those who feel the inklings of wanting to address physical fitness in a meaningful way but otherwise lack the impetus of encouragement that gets them off of the chair. Cotter writes this book as a book that incorporates experiences in his own life and there is a memoirist feel to it that personalizes how even a man who was in the military didn't always know what fitness entailed beyond television reenactments and boot camp documentaries. It can be intimidating, but it is a mindset. The book is broken down into twenty-two distinct chapters that address a wide range of de-motivating factors and how to combat them, from affirmations and timing to moving beyond guilt and establishing long-term motivation.
I like that Just Motivate Me - for Fitness by Russell Cotter is a fitness book that focuses entirely on mental fitness to achieve physical fitness. I also really like that the reasons behind why motivation can be in short supply are not simply chalked up to people being lazy. Cotter takes so much into account and provides encouragement through positive narratives. Yes, a kick in the bum is sometimes necessary but when has it ever been enough? The structure of the book is the standout part to me. Cotter provides a problem one might face and then issues a call to action. Some of the references can be a little bit dated, like mentioning an Apple store and then fitness DVDs in almost the same breath, but overall the information is sound and I have no doubt it will have its intended effect. Recommended.