Exercise and Motivation

Exercise and Motivation

People often start going to the gym because they want to lose weight or gain muscle. In the beginning it can be hard since it is time consuming, painful, and the results don’t appear very quickly. Many people decide they don’t want to continue and so they quit. But those who stick with it and persevere through, then start to realize the benefits, which are more than just external. Although they may begin to notice their weight loss or muscle gain, there are many other factors that also encourage them to continue.

For some, the challenge of pushing yourself to get stronger and in better shape, day after day, is an appealing motive and this mindset can help increase commitment. For others, exercise becomes part of their daily routine and they’ve been accustomed to going to the gym on a set schedule. Missing a day almost seems unusual and they look forward to getting back on track as soon as possible. Also, some notice the increased feelings of energy and vitality and it can bring about a new outlook on life. Additionally, working out with a friend or training partner can be helpful since you have a commitment and don’t want to let the other person down. Furthermore, other family and friends may be positively reinforcing you on your hard work and consistent efforts and they might decide to start up a fitness program of their own.

So what started off as a means of changing one’s body composition, transitioned to much more than that. Some were intrinsic motivators, others were extrinsic motivators, but the combination allowed for a deeper enjoyment of exercise. Feeling better, looking better, and functioning better are all positive reinforcements and help drive an individual to continue on this path of success to realize his or her full potential. According to Abraham Maslow, this innate desire to be the best we can be and achieve our highest level of self is part of our very humanity, and so through this we motivate ourselves to continue climbing this “mountain” and strive for perfection. Rather than being an ordinary individual, we must aim to be extraordinary and motivation is crucial in achieving this goal.