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How to Exercise Well with Low Motivation
Motivation is defined as a the “cause for doing something (or avoiding something)”.
We all want to be healthy because we are hardwired to survive and thrive. It can be quite baffling when you know what to do for your health, but you are not motivated to do it. Exercise is on the top of this list for many people. There is no doubt its good for you, but only twenty percent of people do enough on a regular basis. Why?
What neuroscientists have discovered about motivation solves this riddle. To survive and thrive, your brain is most concerned with how you feel now, in your whole person. It is constantly monitoring your physical, mental, and emotional states to know if you are well or if it needs to send a stress response to get you to take action.
Motivation is Being Well Now
Less important to your brain is how you will feel later in the next hour, next week, next year, next decade. Thankfully, this is how you are hardwired. If there is an immediate threat to your safety, your brain is going to prioritize that over your plans for next Sunday because your brain knows if you don’t survive and thrive now, your chances of doing so in the future are much less.
Your brain also stores memories of how something feels in your body. This allows it to predict if doing something will add to take away from your wellbeing. This is why your exercise history is so important. It plays a major role in your motivation now. Being incapacitated by soreness after a spin class or feeling embarrassed when walking into the gym carrying your pandemic pounds contributes to your level of motivation to exercise.
Since your brain is hardwired to Be Well Now, and your health happens in the moments you are in the state of well, doesn’t it make sense to make exercise a way to move to feel better in your whole person right now, from the start?
When you do, your body signals your brain that this thing called ‘exercise’ may not be so bad after all, in fact it may be a great way to feel better now. Each time you exercise and feel better right away, your brain starts re-recording your exercise history and motivation becomes easier.
Getting Motivated to Exercise and Move Well
Moving well gives your brain a reason to want to exercise because you are moving your body the way it was designed, and listening to and trusting your body as your best guide. Your brain and body work together again to move in a way that can reduce pain and fatigue, rather than add to it.
When you want to be healthy in your whole person, but your motivation to exercise is low, it is not a personal flaw, it’s simply a sign you need to know how to move to Be Well Now. Download your free guide below for the simplified, science-based way to exercise for lasting motivation, with a carry-over effect to other habits for your whole-person health.