With the beginning of a new year many of us will make exercise and fitness resolutions. Statistics show that approximately half of those who begin exercise programs drop out within the first six months.
Situations factors as well as personal factors will affect your exercise adherence and motivation. So how do you ensure you don’t set yourself up for failure?
By knowing the situations or environments in which you enjoy exercise, you can put yourself in those situations as often as possible. The following is a list of areas which must be addressed in order to maximize your exercise adherence:
Situation Factors Affecting Exercise Adherence & Motivation:
- Role Conflict
- Social Support
- Exercising With Others
- Physical Discomfort
Personal Factors Affecting Exercise Adherence & Motivation:
- Awareness of Personality
- Goal Setting
- Arousal Regulation and Concentration
Take a look at each of the factors that will affect your adherence and motivation. Then create another list that will discount the negative aspects of adherence with positive ones. Doing so will help alleviate the hurdles which may derail you from reaching your fitness goals.
Another tip is to create an exercise contract with yourself. Quantify realistic and specific goals. Date and sign the contract. A good idea is to have a witness sign your document. Hold yourself accountable and enjoy the rewards of reaching your fitness goals!