Exercise does not become a habit until 3 weeks of actively participating every day. Leading up to those weeks can be extremely hard for most people and a lot of them have to try multiple times to get to the point of being consistently motivated to workout.
The people who surround you on a daily basis can highly influence the way you act and feel. When you have fitness goals it is important to stick around people who are encouraging and help you work towards those goals. You don’t want to be around those who constantly eat junk food and don’t take your wishes seriously. On the other hand, it is equally important for you to be motivating and help others work towards their own health and fitness goals. In order to become a good support person or know who to surround yourself with when you need support, you need to recognize the difference between negative and positive reinforcement.
Negative reinforcement is a ‘punisher’ and serves to decrease specific behaviours. Negative reinforcers are stimuli that a person will work to get rid of or to stop. “I am fat and I don’t want to be anymore.”
Negative reinforcement may work for a few people but can lead to stress which in turn can work against your goals – This is why at Motive 8 Fitness we focus solely on positive reinforcement with our clients.
Positive reinforcement serves to increase specific behaviours. It is focusing on the good and how far you have come instead of how far you have yet to go. “I lost 2 inches in the waist and I am looking and feeling healthier.”
This is the best kind of reinforcement when it comes to weight-loss and will keep you on track way better by reminding you of your achievements rather than using negative reinforcement which causes stress and low self-esteem.
Get in touch with a certified therapist or weight-loss professional if you are having trouble sticking to a weight-loss routine or if you are finding it hard to stay in a positive mindset.
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