New Study Reveals Best Motivational Trick!
You’ll just love this! Simple, easy and it works! It’s proven by science and you may be as surprised as I was to find out that this no-brainer method is something you’ve probably done in the past, but if you’re like me, you didn’t realize until now that it’s foolproof!
When I look back, sure enough, the times I’ve done this worked every time!
So take a look and be sure to pass it on to every one of your workout friends!
An instigation habit, a subcategory of a regular habit, is where an internal or environmental cue—like an alarm on your phone or gym bag placed near the door—automatically kick-starts a decision in your brain.
“It’s not something you have to deliberate about; you don’t have to consider the pros and cons of going to the gym after work,” explained study author L. Alison Phillips, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at Iowa State University to TIME.
In the study, researchers interviewed 123 people about their exercise routines and motivations. While the participants reported using a variety of tricks to motivate themselves to workout—including planning workouts out in advance or mentally rehearsing what they needed to do—the most consistent exercisers used methods that all fell into the category of instigation habits.
While many of the subjects relied on audio cues (like an alarm), visual cues also worked well. For instance, putting a Post-It note on your desk, hanging a paper calendar with days you worked out checked off (don’t want to break a streak!), or tacking a fitspiration picture on your bathroom mirror are all effective instigation habits. Each is a simple effort, but it can make all the difference between heading toward a Netflix marathon or an actual marathon.
And, as with all habits, the more you do it, the stronger the pattern will become. So pick up your phone and schedule your workout right now—no excuses.
Thank you to the author Charlotte Hilton Andersen and to Shape.com where this article appeared. For the complete article go to http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/cue-workout-motivation-simple-trick.