A client asked me the other day “Why do you workout?” I pondered for a second and replied, for the love of doing it and it’s good for me with the benefits of improved overall health.

 

As fitness professionals we are taught from the get go to instill the necessity for goals with clients as there is a great deal of research supporting how humans are very goal orientated and it is the best way to keep people focused and motivated and we use goals like running a race, 

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gaining muscle and of course losing weight. When people set their fitness and nutrition goals they're also probably hoping to add to the happiness and fulfillment in their lives in some way by achieving the chosen goal, but when all the hard work does not produce desired results and expected happiness they can obviously get discouraged and it can feel like all the hard work and effort was for nothing, but was it really for nothing?

 

Some of us thrive on these rewards and maybe base our self worth on our achievements and when we do not accomplish these specified goals we can suffer from what is known as reward deficiency, as in there is something missing to complete our happiness and contentment. If you feel this describes you try changing your focus from the weight that maybe wasn’t lost to the other gains you have made, back away from your life under a microscope and take a 20,000-foot view and see the increases in strength, mobility, energy, etc., this could be enough to satisfy those pleasure centers in the brain and keep you on the right track

 

 

2016-09-13 21:16:18