4/08/2011 6:00 PM ET |
Filed under: Fitness
We've all gone through it.
Motivation is one of the hardest things to control when sticking to a workout plan.
There are three things that will help in staying motivated:
"Operant conditioning theory states that if a stimulus, such as exercise, elicits a positive response, such as enjoyment or contentment, then people will seek to reproduce those feelings by engaging in the behavior again.
Personal trainer James S. Fell says, "self-control is a limited resource and that the stress we experience during the day gradually erodes our willpower to exercise."
He also adds that by having a workout plan with a partner, such as a friend or family member, will also help in staying motivated. "For this reason," Fell says, "that working out by yourself can be a major barrier to sticking with an exercise routine."
As long as you can stick by those three rules, then hopefully you can stick to your workout plan.
It's hard work, but U can do it!
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Tags: motivation, self control positive reinforcement, social context, trainer