Science-Backed Fitness Motivation Tips That Work

Science-Backed Fitness Motivation Tips That Work

That's a bummer, but if you learn the science of motivation, you can reduce the times you feel uninspired. It's a common misconception that you must be incredibly motivated before undertaking a significant new project or task. It's easier to feel more motivated after beginning a new workout or diet because motivation follows the action and not the other way around. The initial step might be as easy as committing to a new fitness routine by purchasing workout gear, keeping a workout journal, or engaging the services of a personal trainer. But rather than waiting around for inspiration to strike, you should take the initiative to set off the motivational chain reaction.

As Newton's First Law of Motion states, "A body at rest will remain at rest unless an external force acts on it," this principle states that an object in motion will continue its current trajectory absent an intervening force. Then, if you want to be motivated in the long run, you need to ensure that your actions have some more significant meaning or benefit. If you need help mustering the motivation to get something done, you must establish a strong enough connection between your actions and a higher goal.

Picture Where You Want To Be

A crazy magic trick, but this is more than meets the eye. A more active lifestyle is more likely if you consider yourself a busy person—couch potato mentality = picking crumbs out of your shirt. Experiments published in the European Journal of Social Psychology found that talking about yourself in the second person is more inspiring. It's time to have a conversation with yourself, using a story to help you envision who you could be. Imagine a better tomorrow and work toward making it happen.

Have Skin in the Game

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that monetary penalties are 50% more effective at motivating people to exercise than financial rewards. To what extent, then, should you risk? According to a review published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, five dollars a week is all it takes.

That's the trick, right there. See to it that someone keeps you in check. Have a friend or family member act as the bookie if you need to improve your bet (or fitness goal).

Create The Ultimate Playlist

People were found to be 22 percent more active when listening to music versus weeks without music in a survey conducted in 2016 by Sonos and Apple Music. What's more, research from Ball State University in 2015 found that once you get moving, listening to your favorite music can help you work out harder and longer.

Rely on Social Accountability

A study conducted on rowers at Oxford University found that compared to working out alone, the release of endorphins was increased by a factor of two when the participants worked out in groups. That could be why working out with a friend always yields better results: we push ourselves harder and produce more.

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