Finding Motivation

Finding the Motivation for Exercise and Fitness Within

Oct 07, 2016

Written by Christina Geithner, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM HFS

"Having the motivation or intention to be fit is one thing; acting on the motivation is another. It takes intention (motivation) plus action to equal results. The more motivated you are, the easier it is to take action (exercise) to realize your fitness goals. Motivation is a cognitive process that connects a thought or a feeling with an action. Motivation may be intrinsic (an internal drive to do something out of interest or enjoyment in exercise itself, or valuing exercise as important or beneficial) or extrinsic (an external drive, such as rewards, competition or the threat of punishment)" (Geithner).

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