Motivation is critical to both fitness program effectiveness and exercise adherence. Once primary motivators are clarified on an individual basis, the following seven tips can be used to help refocus and re-energize one's fitness commitment, creating the best chance for success.
So, what are common reasons people choose to exercise? Usually it is a combination of the following five motivators, which vary in level of importance depending on the individual:
- Appearance: improve body shape/increase muscle tone
- Social: meet new people/connected environment
- Fitness: to improve health/avoid illness
- Competence: improve/learn new skill
- Interest/enjoyment: have fun.
If you are struggling to stay motivated with your current fitness plan, or if it has been abandoned entirely, perhaps the plan is not aligned with what you find personally motivating. Fitness does not have to be drudgery, and according to the Mayo Clinic, these seven tips can help add focus and fun back into to what has become a dull, or even a non-existent, exercise routine.
Look for ways to incorporate the following suggestions into an overall plan to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Set goals, make it fun and pat yourself on the back from time to time. Remember, physical activity is for life; like any life time relationship enthusiasm can ebb and flow, so when you recognize a decrease in excitement for your 'fitness relationship' it is time to take action.
A greater chance exists for a long term commitment when fitness remains engaging, leading to a lifetime of healthy lifestyle benefits.
HQ01543Jan. 19, 2013
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