The Science of Motivation: How to Stick to Goals
As January comes to an end, you’ve likely read many articles and posts on how to stick to goals that you set this month. If you’re like most people who set New Year’s resolutions, those goals likely include things like weight loss, eating healthy and exercising more.
Regardless of whether it’s a New Year’s resolution, or just a new goal, exercising is typically a difficult goal to stick to. But, why?
In a recent video from AsapSCIENCE, they explore the science behind motivation in order to understand how people can achieve goals easier. How many times have you said, “I’m going to start an exercise routine”? And how many times have you stopped that exercise routine only weeks after you started?
In order to stick to goals, some people suggest giving yourself a reward. For example, if you go to the gym three days this week, then give yourself the reward of a massage. If that works for you, then do it! But an interesting point that AsapSCIENCE addresses in their exploration of motivation is that if you choose an exercise activity that you enjoy, then sticking to it is easier.
Play is the strongest motivator for sustained behavioral changes.
So, if you’re finding it hard to stick to your exercise goal, maybe you’re not doing the right exercise! Figure out what kind of movement you enjoy and that will help motivate you to continue reaching your exercise goal.
Like I always say – the best exercise is the one that you’ll do!