Well since Marla is moving and super busy I have been recruited to do a bit of a guest blog and make Marla’s blog mine for a day. Cue maniacal laughter… muahahahaha.
No but really.
I’ve been following Marla for a while now and we comment back and forth, she is such a source of motivation and frequent laughter, so I’ll try not to do her blog any injustice and simply write about what I know… which is fitness!
Being as we seem to motivate each other I thought I would talk about that very thing… motivation. There are essentially two types of motivation (1) intrinsic – motivated by internal factors and (2) extrinsic – motivated by external forces. Most people use a combination of the two but to varying degrees. What I have personally found and what research shows, is that extrinsic motivation tends to be great for short term and extreme changes, whereas intrinsic motivators tend to make long lasting and slower changes.
Here are some examples:
– I want to decrease my back pain
– I want to improve my digestive health
– I want to beat my personal best 5K time
– I want to lift 2 times my body weight in a deadlift
– I want to impress my boyfriend
– I want to look smokin’ for my vacation
– I want to compete in a fitness competition
– I want my mom to stop nagging me
Since these both have difference effects, we can use then to build a motivation foundation for ourselves. We can combine extrinsic motivators for fast and drastic changes, with intrinsic motivators for long lasting effect. I have done this multiple times including going so far as to sign up for a fitness competitions so I had the fear of walking up on stage in a bikini to motivate me. But I also used motivators like building on personal bests in the weight room, or going gluten free to help with my stomach pain to keep me on track.
If you don’t have anything that is motivating you right now you can create motivators like recruiting a friend to call you every week and force you to admit any wine of chocolate you had, or signing up for a race that you have to train for. In general it is easier to create extrinsic motivators, but after getting into the lifestyle you may find yourself motivated by those internal things. I know that after I make a new personal record I feel on top of the world and I can’t wait to beat that!
About Rose at On the Go Fitness:
I am a 20-something trying to find balance between working long hours at the office, being fit and finding time for family, friends and love.
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