Move from ‘should’ to ‘want to’

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Click here to listen to this session

This post is part two of a series for my audio program called “Ready for Exercise Success”.  

In the next four parts of this series, we’ll look at the body and brain solutions to common struggles with exercise and blend them together with your definition of exercise success.

You cannot get lasting results for your body

without considering what that exercise is doing for your brain.

In this first session, let’s look at how to design exercise to get what you really want from it, in a way that makes you want to keep doing it for the rest of your life.

Check out this five minute audio session to learn how.  Here are the key points:

The body is designed to give us what we train for.  This principle of specificity tells us:

  • Exercise needs to be specifically designed for the results you want. I explain the many ways common exercise programs are designed for a whole different purpose than what you actually want.
  • Exercise needs to be based specifically on how the body is designed to function. I talk about some of the common misconceptions about how the body works that the most trendy exercise programs are based upon.

Your brain is set up to resist what you “have to” do and more easily chooses what you want to do.  The motivation science model of Self-determination theory tells us:

  • When you are doing exercise because you feel you “should” or “have to do it”, motivation will not last, for example, knowing you have to exercise to lose weight.
  • When exercise is something you are confident you can do, in a way you can get what you want, then you are more likely to want to exercise.

With these two facts about the brain and the body, we have great clues about how to set up exercise for lasting success. It sounds simple, but exercise is commonly designed and marketed in ways that make it harder for your brain to want to exercise.

Take a listen to find out how to set up exercise so you want to do it.



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  • Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance, 8th Edition, McArdle, Katch and Katch, 2014
  • Coaching Psychology Manual. Margaret Moore and Bob Tschannen-Moran, 2009

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