Set New Milestones for Exercise Motivation
THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 -- A goal like having a flat stomach may give you the initial impetus to start exercising, but may not be enough to keep you on track.
For that you need "intrinsic motivation" -- being motivated from within by enjoying fitness and valuing it.
Below are key steps to building that drive to exercise.
1. Enjoy what you're doing -- find fitness activities you like.
The fact is many people don't have the internal motivation to work out, and say they'd rather do something else. The trick is finding a "something else" that just happens to have fitness benefits.
2. Become a master to feel comfortable and competent, and gain a sense of accomplishment.
A big motivation killer is not feeling adept at exercise. Since mastery is motivating, get instruction to become more proficient at your chosen activity. A few one-on-one training sessions can keep your head in the game.
3. Develop a plan and follow through -- no distractions.
Some people lose motivation because they don't follow through with their exercise plans. Make workout time sacred, and get rid of any hurdles in your way. That could mean hiring a babysitter or changing to a different class at the gym that gives you more time to get there from work.
4. Join a fitness group or exercise as a family to deepen your commitment to workouts.
Add a social component to make exercise more fun. You'll also be more motivated if you know others are depending on you to show up.
Finally, believe in yourself. You're more likely to engage in meaningful amounts of exercise if you feel that fitness is part of who you are.
© 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved.
Posted: February 2018
Read this next
THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Among Mexican Americans, too much abdominal fat predicts the beginning of a buildup of plaque in the arteries called...
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2020 -- Obesity is tied to premature death, but researchers have found that weight-loss surgery can add a few years to your life. In a study involving more...
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2020 -- Limiting TV ads for sugary, salty and high-fat foods and drinks might help reduce childhood obesity, British researchers suggest. They looked at...
More News Resources
- FDA Medwatch Drug Alerts
- Daily MedNews
- News for Health Professionals
- New Drug Approvals
- New Drug Applications
- Drug Shortages
- Clinical Trial Results
- Generic Drug Approvals
- Monthly Update Archive
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Whatever your topic of interest, subscribe to our newsletters to get the best of Drugs.com in your inbox.