Wednesday, January 04, 2017
“The Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” —Lao Tzu
Have you ever set a fitness goal and failed to achieve it? If so, you’re in good company. Often, the problem isn’t willpower but motivation. Here’s how the psychology of motivation can help you achieve your fitness goals this year with minimal effort and a lot more fun!
Most of us think of exercise as a chore to endure in hopes of a future outcome (e.g., I should exercise to lose weight and avoid disease). Yet, when exercise itself isn’t rewarding, we’re relying on willpower to do it.
Willpower can get a behavior started, but it CANNOT keep it going.
Like a muscle, willpower strengthens with practice and fatigues with overuse. So when we over-rely on willpower to go to the gym or choose healthy foods, we can quickly exhaust it.
To achieve our fitness goals with ease, we just need to choose activities we enjoy. When moving our body makes us feel really good, we naturally want to do it more often—no willpower required.
What has lasting value to you? Is it time with loved ones, contributing your talents, a meaningful career, exploring the outdoors, financial freedom, personal growth, something else?
The truth is, enhancing our health and fitness allows us to better live out our purpose and enjoy what’s most important to us.
So link fitness to your core values—your passion and your purpose—and you’ll be unstoppable in becoming the fittest version of you.
Align your fitness with your core values so that every time you move your body, you recognize that you’re moving toward what’s most important to you.
Write down your affirmation (as above), ensure it elicits strong emotion, and reference it often.
List 15 or more ways of moving that feel good to you. Circle 3 that feel the best, and plan to enjoy one of those activities this week.
Thankfully, we don’t need to get it perfect every time to succeed. Backsliding happens—that’s how we learn what works best for us. It’s consistency that carries us to our goals, and even baby steps will get us to the top of a mountain.
What one step can you take today to support your fitness?
So take action now!
You have the opportunity today to begin living your greatest life.
Let this be the year you transform into the fittest, happiest version of you.
Get motivated and fit the easy way—align fitness with your core values, keep it fun, get the support you need, and track your progress for maximum success.
The Sports Center offers the fun variety, fitness community, and professional trainers you need to achieve your fitness goals this year. We’re here to help, every step of the way.
To your success!
Summer Flowers Ricketts
Healthy Lifestyle Coach
Sports Center of Morehead