“I absolutely hate exercise, and there’s no way in hell you’re going to get me to do it” said Marie, one of my clients.
At the time, I was doing some personal training on the side – now although I didn’t stick with the profession, before I stopped training I got Marie to exercise 30 minutes a day – every day – by herself, and she actually liked it.
By using psychology.
Instead of forcing her to do exercise she didn’t like anyway (which I knew she’d quit), I told Marie that psychologists have found 7 interesting psychological quirks about people that exercise (or stick with anything, long-term).
Once I showed her those, it was easy to see where she was going astray.
To find out what those are (and how to apply them to your own motivation), check out the video below:
What’s The Secret to Exercise Motivation? Thoughts?
What do you personally use to motivate you?
Do you use rewards? (Junk food, more TV time, etc.)
Do you inherently like some kind of light activity? (gardening, walking, etc.)
Do you avoid exercise altogether but you’d like to start?
Hit me up in the comments below.
Also, if you know someone you think needs some motivation to exercise, pass this video along!
Some psychological papers mentioned: (Stipek, 1996) (Eccles & Wigfield, 2002) Trost et al, 2002; Huberty et al 2008; Pintrich & DeGroot, 1990), (Whaley and Schrider, 2005)