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Let’s Get Motivated!

If I had a dollar every time someone commented “I bet you always feel like working out…” 

The look on their face when I simply respond with “Nope” is actually priceless. 

It’s the truth though. I fall into the same patterns as anyone else and am not immune to moments of  laziness- but here’s the thing… Even though I may not feel like working out, I do it anyway and that’s because of my motivation!

What I’ve learned is that there are two kinds of motivation – extrinsic and intrinsic – and understanding them will help you dig deep to keep up with your wellness routine. 

Types of Motivation

Extrinsic motivation is when someone engages in an activity for a reward or recognition from others. It’s external validation. 

Intrinsic motivation is when someone engages in an activity or behavior because it is interesting and meaningful. This form of motivation is internal. 

Both types of motivation are very effective! In many cases, one form leads to another. For example, a person may start working out to look good in a bathing suit (extrinsic) then discovers they love the way exercise makes them feel and continues with it because it’s meaningful (intrinsic).

Typically, intrinsic motivation is the form of motivation that leads to long-term exercise adherence. 

Applying Motivation Techniques

Now that you know the forms of motivation, how can you use them to benefit your exercise practice?

Once you understand what motivates you – your “why”- you can approach exercise positively. On days you don’t feel like getting up and moving, remember why you started in the first place. 

For me, my “why” is intrinsic. When I exercise consistently, I feel good, I have more energy and I’m happier. On days I start making excuses to not exercise, I remember how good I feel once I’ve finished. I also remember how bad I feel when I don’t exercise and that motivates me to lace up my sneakers and get it done. 

Unsure of what motivates you? We can help! Do you want to set goals? Learn what type of exercise you should be doing, how often you should be doing it and avoid injury while doing it? Then get some more information on what we do, how much it costs and whether we’re right for you! Click Here to learn more about Cost and Availability.

Yours in Health,

Laura Ayres, Customer Success Manager

Out Run Your Fork Personal Training in Westfield, NJ

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