Exercise Motivation Tips
To Stay On Target

These exercise motivation tips, when applied, can help you achieve any longer term goal that requires consistent ongoing effort. Certainly physical exercise is a lifetime pursuit if you want to live longer, be healthier, and enjoy a better quality of life. 

Why People don't stay motivated

The reason most people have a hard time motivating themselves, is that they are drawn to immediate gratification -- rather than longer term rewards. Think about it:  in the short term, it is typically always more “comfortable” in the short term NOT to take action than it is to harness your energy to do something that is GOOD for you in the long run.

Mind Power Does NOT Equal Willpower

Many people make the wrong assumption that mind power equals willpower.  That is simply not the case. While your willpower is critically important to your success, without knowing how to use the power of your imagination as well, you won’t get very far.

what is the relationship between self-discipline and self-indulgence?

Think about imagination as fuel for BOTH self-discipline and self-indulgence.   You can start an exercise program with the best of intentions but how you use your imagination will often determine whether you stick to it -- or go back to your old ways.  Your imagination can aid you by building up all the benefits you will enjoy (or the pain you will avoid) by continuing the program. Or, it can sabotage you by dreaming up the immediate pleasures (or avoidance of pain) you can enjoy NOW to forgo the program. If your imagination is working for the “other side,” it will always be a battle and, at some point, you will likely give in.

Here is the Good News

The good news is that the power of mind is yours to use. It is up to you to consciously direct your imagination – or not

The Trick to Motivation

The trick to motivation is to associate MORE PLEASURE and LESS PAIN with the desired behavior and MORE PAIN and LESS PLEASURE to the habit you want to change. (Read the above paragraph again please!)

5 Exercise Motivation Tips in a nutshell

  1. Learn from the past.  What has stopped you before? What has worked for you before? 
  2. Work with your natural motivators. Build up the benefits of a long term exercise program and use the strategies described here.
    Make it  as enjoyable as possible. If you like exercising in a group, not alone, don’t buy expensive  exercise equipment for your home, invest in a gym memberships instead.
  3. Set activity goals. Make them specific, measurable and achievable
  4. Reward yourself for meeting your goals
  5. Use imagination to power up your motivation daily. Use auto suggestion and visualization to associate the desired behavior with the outcomes you want.

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