#MotivationMonday: What Does Science Say?

Happy Monday All!

It’s 6:00am. My alarm goes off, and all I want to do is cover my head with a pillow. I do not want to walk in the cold to go to the gym. All I want to do is stay in bed, and watch movies. Can you relate?

We constantly hear people talking about lack of motivation. In fact, lack of motivation is in the top five reasons people don’t achieve their goals (according to Google!).

In 2016, The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness published a scientific study where researchers in Spain analyzed the relationship between physical activity and motivation in 901 university students. Each of the students completed questionnaires regarding behaviors and physical activity.

Essentially, the researchers found that the more self-ran or self-determined a person was, the more often that person participated in moderate to vigorous physical activity. Likewise, researchers also showed that students who motivated themselves to perform physical activity experienced lower levels of barriers to participate in physical activity. Basically, if you are working out for you and to improve your health, you are going to be more willing to make time to workout, and that workout will be performed with higher intensity.

Seems simple enough, right? So, how do we find this motivation? Whenever I am feeling discouraged, I ask myself one question: Why am I doing this?

At the end of the day, family, trainers, and friends can only push you so far towards your goals. You have to make the decision to be your own motivator!

Want to check out the research article? Click here.

Want to write a new goal? Check out my tips form a couple weeks ago!

What’s you favorite self-motivation tactic?

Talk soon!

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Happy Monday (and Labor Day) All!

I do not know about you, but lately, I have been super excited to listen to some tunes during my workout. Typically, I solely listen to country music. However, I have ventured out slightly the past couple of workouts, and I am enjoying my workouts even more!

It’s still hard to believe that I use to work out without any music at all. Now, I can’t imagine going to the gym or for a run without my headphones.

Here are a few of my favorite songs to listen to when working out:

  1. Better Now – Post Malone
  2. Brightside – Justin Stone
  3. Sound of Walking Away – Illenium (ft. Kerli)
  4. Didn’t Know Better—Ivan B (ft. Breana Marin)
  5. Girls Like You – Maroon 5 (ft. Cardi B)

What songs are on your workout playlist?

Talk Soon!

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