Exercise, Fitness, General Health, Health, motivation, Uncategorized

Exercise Motivation, What’s Yours

Studies show (yeah, yeah, yeah I know) that 50% of those that start an exercise program will quit within the first 6 months. So why is this number so high, and what keeps the other 50% from quitting as well?
  1. Vanity.
    1. Hell, that’s why I work out, just being honest. I like the way it makes me look and feel, and that is quite alright. Also, when I eat right and exercise hard, I earn the right to drink alcohol (insert your sweet reward here) as my reward for my hard work. However, use vanity as a motivator, but don’t be obnoxious, it’s a total turnoff. There is a fine line between humbly confident and being narcissistic.
  2. Distance/access to facility
    1. Whether at an on-site employee wellness center or at a community gym, the easier it is to access the facility, the more likely one is to start and adhere to an exercise program
  3. Internally motivated
    1. High Self-Efficacy/Self-Confidence: This is the belief that one can be successful in setting and achieving continued goals. This is internal, but can also be increased through social support, achieving smaller goals on the way to larger goals, and through motivation from a trusted trainer or workout partner
    2. High self-Worth: The more one cares about their health, both in the present (maintaining weight, feeling good, looking good, being healthy) and in the future (decreased number of illnesses/disease states, and being able to be active)are more likely to adhere to an exercise program. Basically, those who like themselves more, want to do more to take care of themselves.
  4. Age
    1. As we get older, it is common to start thinking more about remaining quality of life, and this includes health and fitness. This does includes not only avoiding long-term health issues such as diabetes, but also decreasing the possibility of injury from a slip, trip, or fall. It is never too late to start exercising!
  5. Money/Time Off
    1. Who isn’t turned on by the allure of a little extra cash in the pocket for getting healthier? Also, among members of the employee wellness program that I manage have repeatedly stated that extra time off would be an extremely motivating factor in exercise adherence.
  6. Competition
    1. While social support has been shown to be a valuable asset in exercise adherence, “friendly” competition J is a more dominant factor. Social support is fantastic, especially when everything is going smoothly. However, if the social support starts to falter, i.e. one person drops out of the group; it can lead to a domino effect where more people quit the group. Competition adds the factor of not wanting to look like a failure to the other competitors, which can be an extremely strong motivator.

While competition is a strong motivator in exercise adherence, there are just some people who are not naturally competitive. So what would motivate that person?

  1. Competition and money
    1. Shown to be THE NUMBER ONE MOTIVATING FACTOR in exercise adherence, friendly competition with a monetary award attached motivates the most people to adhere to an exercise program. Think of the NCAA Basketball Tournament (March Madness). Most likely you don’t care who wins, but by doing your office bracket you are hoping to not only beat your coworkers but also take home that moolah. Bragging rights in every way. Sticking to an exercise program works in the same way. Creating a friendly yet competitive exercise-based challenge is not only a fun way to get fit, but it also gives you social media trolling fodder when you beat them.

So what motivates you to workout; is it vanity, competition, to avoid illness, money? Or is it something else completely? I told you my reason, comment here or find me at the links below and let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.

Want Creative, Unique, and Fun Exercise Competitions and Workout Programs Created For You or Your Group? Contact Jason Nichols @ jwnichols13@gmail.com or on insta @jnicholsfitness



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