“Whereas people usually say they are playing a sport, they use the term workout to describe vigorous exercise, reflecting that for many this may not be the most enjoyable part of their day.” – Richard M. Ryan and Edward L. Deci, Self-Determination Theory
There is little question among scientists and psychologists that we are made to move as humans. As kids, we naturally run, jump, bound, and play.
For kids, playgrounds equate to endless hours of enjoyment. Metal bars are viewed not as something to cringe at and avoid, but as something to delight in.
Moving is FUN.
Yet for many of us, this notion of movement as something to look forward to doesn’t last long.
Somewhere along the way, movement slowly transforms from something we naturally crave without thinking in childhood, to something we’re taught to dread (yet feel like we have to do) as we reach adulthood.
No wonder most people struggle with motivation to get and stay fit.
Fortunately, this mindset can be changed.
By learning to reframe your idea of what exercise is, you can hack motivation, break through plateaus, and make exercise fun again.