Probably the words fitness and motivation go hand-by-hand. However, “motivation…had no significant effects on exercise behaviour”. A couple of days ago I read an article, that blew my mind from the British Journal of Health and Psychology, researchers measured how frequently people exercised over a two week period. This post may sound a bit controversial when I say that you don’t need motivation but I want to show you why.
Short history, they researched randomly select 248 adults, split in 3 groups:
The first group, control group. They were asked to keep track of how frequently they exercise over the next two weeks.
Group two, was the motivation group. They also were asked to keep track of how frequently they exercised over the next two weeks, plus the group read a pamphlet on the benefits of exercise for reducing the risk of heart disease.
Group three, was the intention group. After being told to track their exercise, they also read the motivational pamphlet (equally motivated as group two). However, they were also asked to formulate a plan for when and where they would exercise over the following weeks.
Specificaly by completing the following statement….
During the next week, I will partake in at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise on [DAY] at [TIME OF DAY] at/in [PLACE]
After the two weeks, the results were:
Group 1, a 38% of participants exercised at least once per week.
Group 2, a 35% of participants exercised at least once per week.
Group 3, an incredible 91% of participants exercised at least once per week.
If you’re amazed I hope you’re taking notes and ready to use this strategy to achieve your goals. It doesn’t mean that finding different doses of motivation from different sources won’t help us, but remember that your first step is to write your intention, as it’s scientifically proven that you are more likely to stick to it.
Remember! Deciding in advance when and where you will take specific actions to reach your goals increases your chances for success.