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Friday, September 23, 2011

Are there different types of exercise motivation?

Why is it useful to understanding your motives for wanting to exercise? Because knowing what drives you to want to exercise helps you choose the best exercise plan for you and may help solidify your committment to developing an exercise habit.

The most obvious reason why people start exercising is to loose weight or build muscle or shape the body.

But there are 2 other motives: psychological and social motives. Psychological motives would be to improve mood, reduce tension, or manage stress.

Social motives have to do with liking competition and social contact.

Dr James Gavin further subdivides each of these 3 exercise motives into the 6 following subcategories.

Body Motives:

  1. Vanity
  2. Sexuality
  3. Addiction
  4. Weight
  5. Health
  6. Youth

Psychological Motives:

  1. Self-esteem
  2. Achievement 
  3. Moods/tension
  4. Stress
  5. Meaning
  6. Playfulness
Social Motives
  1. Sociability
  2. Anger
  3. Assertiveness
  4. Competitiveness
  5. Relationship
  6. Power

A worksheet will be posted shortly. 

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