In order to make physical activity a priority in your life, you must first feel motivated! What do you do to motivate yourself? And does it work for you?
In exercise psychology, there are two types of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic. An extrinsic motivator is a reward that is external, such as outcomes like weight loss, appearance, or ‘toning up’, while an intrinsic motivations are behaviors that are performed for the satisfaction in the exercise itself.
With external motivation, it can be tricky. Results can be varied, which can cause us to lose motivation when we aren’t seeing consistent results. Health, social acceptance, professional growth, and romantic possibilities may be worthy reasons to start exercising, but if your body doesn’t transform in ways you expect, you set yourself up for disappointment.
An awesome example of intrinsic motivation are children; they run, jump, hop, and skip around the room simply for the fun of it! Intrinsic motivation helps us stick to a routine. When we do things we love, we are more likely to keep doing it! It’s all in the satisfaction; the ability to lift more, run longer, maintain stability & balance is the reward!
A great way to get yourself motivated is by spicing up your exercise routine! You aren’t as likely to quit your routine when it is exciting and not your same ol’ stale routine. 5 WayFit is here to help you by offering different classes and locations! We offer a variety of different workout classes, including Cardio Kickboxing, cycling, barre, yoga, boxing, and Pilates! Check out this week’s schedule by clicking here!