Motivation and exercise

Revisit your goals, because whatever
you’re doing the exercise for is to achieve something. You’re most likely
to get stale if you’ve forgotten your “why”, so revisiting your “whys” is really
important. Once you’ve revisited that and identified it, it’s
thinking about what’s called SMART goals. So you want a Specific goal; you want it
to be Measurable; you want it to be Achievable; you want it to be Realistic
and you want it to be Time-phased. If you’ve got those things in place around
what you want to achieve, then you’ve got
something to continue to work for. Once you’ve achieved that goal, what’s really
critical is that you revisit your “why”. So if you don’t reshape your goal, it’s likely that staleness will creep back. So it’s a bit of a cyclical process
that should help to keep you you motivated. The first thing we would
do is we would say – your “why” is wrong. Because if you’re feeling really
stale and you’re not motivated to achieve the goal that you’ve set, then
it’s maybe not the right goal that you’ve set for yourself. But if you still
think it’s the right goal but you’re not motivated to achieve it anymore, then
I think the advice I would give that person is to just change it up. Do
something different. It doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you’re being active. I know it doesn’t sit within the SMART paradigm, but having a
break from your goal, getting away from it. sometimes isn’t a bad thing. And then you may go back to it reinvigorated
and ready to go again. For people who are doing a lot of
training already, we can begin to think about short-term goals and then
long-term goals. And we can have a blend between the two. So in terms of a
short-term goal for somebody who perhaps is training for a marathon for example,
then it might be to achieve running a distance of 40 kilometres in
that week. That’s one little chunk of a large cookie that would be running the
marathon at the end of that event. That’s quite a nice way to keep people
focused on something achievable but also something that’s time-framed in the
distance, so it sits within our SMART principle we discussed already. So if someone gets an injury the first thing they need to do is re-identify what their “why” is. So it changes from whatever the goal had been to
rehabilitating from the injury that they’ve got. Then they would need
to have a think about how they plan to do that to keep them motivated in the
short term. Their long-term goal would be to be over the injury and back to
exercise. So having a discussion or having a good think about that would be
would be a great place to start. In terms of actually overcoming the injury you’ve got, depending on what it is, you’ve got a fully functional body with an
injured joint for example. Well there’s lots of the rest of the body that you
can train. So I think one of the challenges for people when they hurt
something is that they think they can’t do anything. That’s not the
case, and it’s usually not good advice. You would be better to
remain active rather than do nothing at all, because as soon as you stop doing
stuff you start taking from the bank and you begin to what’s called “detrain”, which means you lose all the gains that you’ve got and also you stop releasing
those happy hormones, those endorphins, which is more likely to mean
you’re going to have more dopamine, which is going to make you feel sluggish and tired
and less motivated to achieve your goals.

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