Why Can’t I Stay Motivated to Exercise?


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Good News: You are probably not lazy!

Bad News: You may never find exercising a joy.

A person’s perceived lack of motivation to exercise is actually his/her natural response to his/her need for leisure and rest. Some people naturally need to exercise and find it energizing and fun.  Other people need to relax and lounge around and find exercising exhausting or at best a necessary evil. They can’t wait for exercising to be over.

Dr. Steven Reiss, Ph.D. developed the Reiss Motivation Profile ® which measures 16 human needs/motives that are common in all humans. One of the measures is the need to be physically active. If someone is naturally wired to need physical activity, then s/he is motivated to be active physically and feels frustration if the need is not satisfied to the extent the person feels is needed.

When I work with helping an injured athlete understand his/her valued needs for example with a high RMP score in physical, s/he often reports significant mental distress and frustration at being unable to satisfy his/her need to exercise due to the injury.

Someone needing physical exercise tends to report a feeling of rejuvenation and satisfaction when working out. Someone who needs leisure and rest typically reports exhaustion and fatigue following their self-forced exercise.

A Reiss Motivation Profile ® is an amazingly predictive and illuminating tool to understanding one’s needs and behaviors. For someone with a need for leisure, a greater need than the need to be physically active will be necessary to motivate the person to endure exercise. For example, if a person values tranquility, then s/he is motivated to avoid risk, pain, injury and death. If his/her physician prescribes exercise as a way to avoid the painful effects of diabetes, then the person’s higher need for tranquility will override temporarily their need for leisure and s/he will exercise, albeit reluctantly and probably will be counting the minutes until the exercise is over so s/he can relax again.

A leisurely person may find low impact physical activity more tolerable, such as tai chi, yoga, walking, cycling or other less strenuous forms of exercise.

If you are having trouble finding your motivation to exercise,  is it possible you have a leisure deficit?  When was the last time you felt fully rested and rejuvenated?  If you are motivated to seek leisure and are not well rested, then you will probably not have the energy or motivation to force yourself to exercise because you need to rest first.

Understanding one’s needs is the key to understanding one’s behaviors and predicting future behaviors.  By appealing to the most appropriate need,  a person is able to complete a behavior she might otherwise not find naturally attractive or desirable.

For those interested in learning more about the Reiss Motivation Profile ® I recommend, “Who Am I?” and “The Normal Personality,” both by Dr. Steven Reiss.  Dr. Reiss also blogs regularly for “Psychology Today” and you can read more about common human motivation on The World Society of Motivational Scientists and Professionals site,www.motivationscience.org.

If you want to experience your Reiss Motivation Profile, contact me at andy@lifematchesbook.com.

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Get Past the ‘Crunch Point’ – The Key to Changing Behavior


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Are you trying to change your natural needs, wants, desires, values and/or motives or simply a learned habit that is not performing well for you?

 

Changing a habit is much more likely to be successful than changing your need for the 16 common human motives as measured using a Reiss Motivation Profile®. Natural needs/motives/values do not tend to change much as humans age. Habits are often not easily changed, but are more likely replaceable.

 

You may have developed a habit as a way to easily get one or more of your natural needs satisfied.  If so, it will be very frustrating to change the habits unless you are able to figure out an alternative way to satisfy those same needs.

 

I follow and read Dr. Denny Coats, Ph.D.’s Tweets daily. I admit to being a big fan of Dr. Coats.  Here is a link to his blog featuring a terrific post on changing habits:

 

Get Past the ‘Crunch Point’ – The Key to Changing Behavior.

 

If you would like to discover your natural motives, contact me at andy@lifematchesbook.com to schedule a Reiss Motivation Profile® and personal telephone consultation.  You may also read, “Who Am I?” and “The Normal Personality: A New Way of Thinking About People” by Dr. Steven Reiss, Ph.D..

 

16 Motives Behind What You Crave to Do


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Have you ever had a true craving or desire that just won’t go away?   According to Dr. Steven Reiss, PhD., there are 16 different psychological itches or motives that only a certain behaviors can scratch to satisfy and they are hard-wired into our individual beings.  A motive/value’s intensity is felt differently by each person. Our motivational individuality is what makes us who we are and explains why we do much of what we do.

Dr. Reiss has written two fascinating books on his extensive research of these 16 motives. “Who am I? The 16 Basic Desires that Motivate Our Actions and Define Our Personalities,” and “The Normal Personality: A New Way of Thinking about People.”

Understanding one’s motives/values can lead one to live a life that feels fulfilled and satisfying. I believe that one could combine the understanding of one’s natural strengths with an awareness of one’s 16 motives/values and use this information to better guide oneself to a life’s vocation.

Living a life that satisfies one’s natural appetites by using one’s strengths is a great way to feel Fired Up!

I highly recommend you consider reading Dr. Reiss’s books and get to know the drivers behind your natural behaviors, desires and satisfactions.

What do you crave?

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