Thursday, 15 December 2011

How To Get The Motivation To Exercise

For some reason, exercise is one of those things that everyone wants to do, but many can't find the motivation for. Despite the fantastic health benefits that exist because of exercising, lots of people still can't manage to drag themselves to the gym.

Why is this? Let's explore…

The are four elements that come into play in regards to making yourself go out to exercise:

1.      Desire

2.      Motivation

3.      Decision

4.      Self-Confidence

The urge to exercise always begins with a vague idea (desire) that exercising will improve our lives. For instance, you may think that "if I exercise 3 times a week, I'll be able to lose lots of weight".

If a person can find the right motivation, they will be able to make the decision to go out and exercise. After they exercise over and over, they will develop self-confidence and will want to exercise more and more.

Unfortunately though, many people have a hard time finding the motivation they need to make that decision to exercise, meaning they are always lacking in self-confidence. Thus, they shy away from getting the exercise they need. Every time you say no to a desire and don't follow through on it, your self-confidence levels plummet.

Lack of motivation is usually due to negative beliefs that are ingrained deep in the subconscious mind. People often believe that sticking to an exercise plan is too difficult or is too much trouble.

When you think like this, you completely lose sight of the positive reasons you want to exercise regularly, e.g. to lose weight, build muscle or become healthier. If you constantly have thoughts like "exercising is hard", or "but I don't enjoy exercising…", they will become ingrained in your subconscious. Your subconscious will then prevent you from being motivated to go out and exercise.

Thankfully, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) can help us to rewire the focus of our subconscious to make us feel motivated to take positive action.

NLP is a form of hypnosis that targets the subconscious mind and helps to reprogram self-limiting negative thought patterns.

One of the first priorities when using NLP is to identify erroneous thought patterns that might be preventing us from having the motivation we need. Through various visualization techniques, it is possible to rewire the subconscious to focus on success rather than limitation.

When your subconscious mind has been rewired, finding motivation to exercise is easy. You will no longer need to force yourself to go to the gym; your subconscious will be urging you do to so, making it hard for you not to.

NLP can provide the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to finding the motivation to exercise. If exercising feels like a chore, then it's unlikely that you'll ever be able to stick to a fitness plan.

If on the other hand, there is something inside giving you self confidence, driving you forward and making you really enjoy exercising, then it will be a piece of cake. Through NLP, we can achieve this kind of motivation.

Here is a recap of how motivation fits into the four key stages:

1.      Desire – A craving to exercise based on perceived benefits

2.      Motivation – Required to turn desires into a decision. Can be achieved by reprogramming your subconscious beliefs via NLP

3.      Decision – Making up one's mind to take action

4.      Self-Confidence – Gained from repeatedly acting on desires. Results in permanent motivation

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