Motivations and Exercise
We all have different reasons for getting up every morning, coming to your PT session or the classes and doing what we do every day.
So why is it that, on some days, we cant be bothered but on others we want to do everything and anything!
Motivation is usually why we do things.
There are different types of motivation and understanding why you are motivated to do the things that you do can help you keep yourself motivated to work towards your fitness goals!
We have Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation!
Definitions of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation
Intrinsic motivation involves doing something because it’s personally rewarding to you.
Extrinsic motivation involves doing something because you want to achieve something for an external reason say a tangible reward such as a trophy or achieving something for someone else such as a family member.
What Is Intrinsic Motivation?
When you’re intrinsically motivated, your behaviour is motivated by your internal desire to do something for its own sake — for example, your personal enjoyment of an activity, or your desire to learn a skill because you’re eager to learn for yourself and your own satisfaction.
Examples of intrinsic motivation could include:
Reading a book because you enjoy the storytelling
Exercising because you want to relieve stress
Cleaning your home because it helps you feel organized
What Is Extrinsic Motivation?
When you’re extrinsically motivated, your behaviour is motivated by an external factor pushing you to do something in hopes of earning a reward or medal, or because you want to do it to impress someone else for example.
Examples of extrinsic motivation could include:
Reading a book to prepare for a test
Exercising to lose weight
Cleaning your home to prepare for visitors coming over
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation: What’s the Difference?
It might seem like it’s better to be intrinsically motivated, or more normal to be, compared to being extrinsically motivated. Doesn’t it sound like it would be ideal if you didn’t need anyone — or anything — motivating you to accomplish tasks?
However, we don’t live in such a world, and being extrinsically motivated doesn’t mean anything bad — extrinsic motivation is just the nature of being a human being sometimes and can be used to your benefit.
So, intrinsic motivation is good, and extrinsic motivation is also good. The key is to figure out ways to utilise both modes of motivation in order to get the best our of your own training.