Got Rewards? Stay Motivated…
If you are unhappy with your health or fitness status try adding something challenging that you will find rewarding just for doing it!
All too often I will see clients who complain that they are not getting enough out of their routine or find that they are simply bored by the process.
My suggestion is to revamp your normal routine for a few weeks by adding something fun & different- but more importantly challenging!
Challenging ourselves brings more than just shaking things up; it provides us opportunity for REWARD! Reward is not only necessary but without challenges we tend to ignore our NEED for reward altogether.
We need rewards that are both obtainable and available to us in order to stay motivated, otherwise why should we continue? This is why motivation is a direct function of effort not interest.
Confusing motivation with interest is a common mistake made by those who complain about lack of motivation; they blame “not being into something” as the cause of their diminished motivation rather than accurately access how much direct effort is the culprit.
Further without effort our performance will undoubtedly diminish; inadvertently undermining our belief in our own ability to meet our health goals (through learned hopelessness) and/or the health process we are actively trying to utilize. Either way it’s likely that this diminished confidence will further reduce our effort and make it less likely we will be successful in our health routine or for that matter, in any area of our life.
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The bottom line is that if rewards are not available or obtainable in the environment we have a tendency to stop exerting effort (energy). Therefore, we give in.
Some suggestions are:
• Enroll or create your own boot camp, take a dance class, hire a trainer or health coach for 4 to 6 weeks (contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org) or sign up for a performance race.
• Create challenges that are different to shock both your physical and mental systems.
• Do something you can feel good about for the effort you put in and not necessarily be dependent on whether or not you are good at the activity.
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If you are having a hard time losing weight, maybe it’s because you have not really committed to the process.
Take this quiz to help determine how committed to the process you are?
(Give yourself a 0 for each No and 1 for each yes)
1. Have you selected a health diet or nutrition plan to follow for at least the 1st 2 weeks to help you
get started and to break bad habits?
2. Have you scheduled an appointment with your doctor or any necessary medical professional to help you with the process?
3. Have you met with a nutritionist, a trainer, or a health therapist?
(For each 1 give yourself a point)
4. Do you have an exercise plan and SCHEDULE in place?
5. Have you cleaned out your cupboards of all junk and trigger foods?
6. Have you told a friend or family member of your intentions?
7. Have you bought new gym clothing or downloaded some tunes from Itune for those morning runs?
8. Have you given up habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption?
9. Have you started drinking 8 glasses of water daily?
10. Have you set a weight loss goal?
If you scored between a 10 and 13 I’d say you are pretty committed. You know that action will result in benefits
If you scored between 7 and 10 I’d say you are committed. You may not believe you need as much structure and support as you think. Think about enlisting the help of others in the beginning or selecting a program that is right for you.
If you scored between a 0 and 6, I’d and you have been a yo-yo dieter or a person who has simply said many times before, “This is the week I am going to start to lose those 10lbs” then I think you need to review this list and make some changes in your approach to dieting.
Each time you back and forth with your diet and weight, its not only harder on your body to adjust it’s also more difficult to get on track. Break the cycle by approaching your weight loss in an entirely different manner-use structure and the resources available to you as tools!
To healthy living
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