Even if you hated exercise as a child, are constantly run off your feet with the kids, or holding out for bed at the end of a long day, you can learn to love exercise.
They key is to reframe our thinking to see exercise as movement that makes us feel good and re-energised.
In order to reframe your mind to love exercise, you need to move away from the extrinsic motivating factors (losing weight) and move toward the intrinsic (inner energy, endorphins).
You will need to achieve four specific mental states to develop a mind-set powerful enough to motivate you to exercise and like it, under any life condition. They are: personal meaning orientation, mastery, inner synergy and flow.
Only when exercise becomes personally meaningful will you be motivated to do it regularly.
Next you need to develop a mastery focus. Intrinsic exercisers focus on challenging themselves and meeting personal goals, like lifting five more kilos, instead of comparing themselves with other people, which can be frustrating and intimidating. A mastery focus keeps you motivated.
Personal meaning orientation and mastery connect you to your workouts. Inner synergy and flow help you stay connected.
We all have four basic needs–physical, mental, social and spiritual. Inner synergy refers to their integration. By linking exercise to every other area of your life, you’ll want to keep doing it. For example, you can use exercise to practice concentration, or socialise by doing a group exercise class.
Perhaps the best way to stay intrinsically motivated during exercise is to reach “flow,” an optimal psychological state involving total absorption in, and connection to an activity. Consider it psychology’s version of “the Zone.” If you can reach it, you’ll want to exercise again and again to attain that positive state of mind.
If you really want to exercise regularly for the rest of your life, you need to start working from the inside out. As you begin to exercise for the inner rewards of the activity itself, you will find yourself going to the gym because you want to, not because you have to.
Our group classes here at KMJ focus on connecting personal meaning and mastery to your workouts. If you want an environment that helps you find your intrincsic motivation for life then KMJ is the place!
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