What begins as a resolution can quickly burn out, leaving nothing but good intentions in its wake. So how do you keep that momentum of inspiration going? Use the power of self-motivation. There are two types of motivation: Approach and Avoidance.
Approach motivation is embracing the positive effects of a behavior. A simple list of benefits of exercise can invoke feelings of opportunity for rewards to harness into energy.
Examples of approach motivations to exercise may be to:
- Increase strength
- Improve endurance
- Enhance sleep
- Transform physique
Avoidance motivation is related to behaving in a way that lowers risk or to avoid a negative.
Examples of avoidance motivation to exercise may include:
- Building muscles and balance for stability to lower risk of falls
- Reduce stress
- Lower risk of illness
Successful goals are made from a mix of approach and avoidance motivation. Be specific about what your fitness goals are and how they connect with your motivation.
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers