What Truly Motivates Us? The Answers May Surprise You!

In addition to thinking about how good a morning run might feel, think about...

By Rebecca Palermo, Writer/Editor
Skinny Ms.

By now, you’ve probably figured out that simply putting a workout on your to-do list, or paying for a pricey gym membership, is not enough motivation to get out of bed each morning and get sweating!

The Huffington Post has published a short, but surprising list of fitness motivators. Their list urges people to go beyond positive thinking, and address their inherent negative thoughts. In addition to thinking about how good a morning run might feel, think about what is keeping you from running, be honest with yourself, and think of solutions. These two motivators really resonate with me. Really confronting the negative emotions that keep me on the couch sounds like something I need to try this weekend!

Their list also urges people to go after a real reward in exchange for working out. Not just a metaphorical gold star or a pat on the back, but, in their example, a smoothie you’ve been craving. They also advise to sign up with an app whose users actually reward each other financially when they exercise! But how easily might a post-workout smoothie turn into a post-workout pint of ice cream? Is cold, hard cash a realistic reward that will make you feel good about your workout? I like the idea that exercise and its benefits might actually become a reward in itself. What do you think? Do you need a tangible reward for working out, or do you hope to confront your negative emotions that demotivate you, and eventually view exercise as a positive, pleasurable experience without needing dollar bills and caloric treats as a reward? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

Source: Huffington Post


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