motivation Tag

According to data collected from Exercise Right Week 2016's survey - out of over 8800 participants, 63.5% exercised with the main motivation being 'to lose weight' and 'to get fitter'. Only 31% considered lengthening, and improving their overall quality of life when exercising. The remainder of participants were training for athletic purposes. We all know that exercise has physical effects on the body, such as weight loss and increasing overall fitness; but what about the positive effects it has on what's on the inside; your mental health, and your bank balance?   We share with you some of the hidden benefits of exercise:   It saves you money Not only...

According to the American College of Sports Medicines findings, 'Wearable Technology' sits at number 1 in their Top 10 Fitness Trends for the year, for the second year in a row, so it looks like whilst some thought they were a fad which we'd see the back of in 2017, the majority still think they're fab!  We have to consider wearable technology from two perspectives; the individuals and the health practitioners. From a health practitioner perspective, a key goal is to get people to meet the Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour guidelines for health and well-being benefits. For the individual, it is...

Everyone is unique, exercise doesn't have a 'one size fits all' approach - that's why it's great that there are SO many options when it comes to exercise - from your traditional DIY going for a run, to classes like Zumba, or new workout inventions such as Barre Body Classes. However, what everyone does have in common is that if you don't enjoy doing it, you won't do it for very long! Here's some tips for finding the exercise that's right for you:   Do something you enjoy - you don't have to love it initially, but if you ask yourself 'do I dread it?'...

'Fitspo' or 'fitness inspiration' is something we can't ignore. A simple search of 'fitspo' can produce over 35,000,000 results and most are doing damage to you and your exercise habits. No pain, no gain. Sweat is fat crying. Be the fit friend not the fat friend. Sore is the new sexy. If you don't focus on your ass, no one else will. These are just a few of the top results you are bombarded with when you sweep through the results. These messages can cause more harm than good and are creating a culture of shaming individuals on their looks, rather than focussing...

Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Phil Caruso, explains the important difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and what is crucial for enacting positive and long lasting change.   When we observe anyone embarking on any form of health and fitness program, we generally observe two types of people. You know these people well, perhaps you’re one of them, or perhaps you know of them. Either way, the two types of people are the ones who adhere to the program, and the ones who don’t. But when we look closer, it’s really not that black and white. I want you, as the reader, to have a think about some of...

As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, there’s a common thing people ask me about: how do I motivate myself to….?   And the answer is different, for different people and different situations. But today I wanted to talk about a particular situation with a particular client.   He is a young guy who wants to lose a little weight, get a little fitter, but mostly this: use exercise as a tool to improve his mood. As you can imagine, I am completely in support of this. This bloke I was working with wasn’t just sitting around all day, he was making a solid effort to get...

Want to start an exercise program but don’t know where to begin?   Sometimes the word exercise can be daunting. If you are convinced you need to move more, but are not sure where to start, here are our top tips to getting you on the right track. 1. What are you goals?   Before you begin anything it’s time to work out WHY you want to start exercising more. Do you know you should exercise more and want achieve more than you currently are? Do you want to help your health overall? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to help the symptoms of a...

Let’s face it – we all have that one friends that can be stubborn and refuses to exercise for one reason of another.   These are the people who think that a lack of exercise won’t affect them and use every excuse in the book, so it’s up to you to get them moving. Do you need a quick hand on ideas to help motivate and encourage your friend to get moving? Use these following ways to motivate them towards a healthier life and to maintain their change of attitude. Remember, this action could help you save their life.   Exercise Right’s 7 Ways You Can...