Exercise doesn’t excite – what would ignite motivation?


Professor specializing in MOTIVATION PSYCHOLOGY Katariina Salmela-Aro urges you to think of some nice reward to wait after the hangover. For one it can be a relaxation in the sauna, for another, for example, a section of your favorite set under cover.

– Gradually, your internal motivation wakes up, and external incentives are no longer needed. So you start to enjoy doing it yourself or feeling good afterwards, he describes.

Participating in various exercise challenges can also help. Then it’s harder to slip from a workout moment and at the same time you can experience a rewarding sense of togetherness.

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Force or fire?

According to psychology researchers, there are two types of motivation, internal and external.

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Internal motivation arises when our basic psychological needs are met: we feel connected to others, we get things done, and we feel we have opportunities to influence what we do.

External motivation, in turn, is related to coercion, the expectations of others, and external rewards.

According to research, it is internal motivation that makes us reach our best performances.

– However, this does not mean that there should always be a burning internal motivation. Often, when we just start to persevere and do something, and our internal motivation gradually wakes up, Salmela-Aro encourages.

You decide

Each of us should sometimes stop to think about our own values ​​and goals in life. Are there any things I would still like to achieve?

What is important to me and what do I dream about? What steps should I take to go in the right direction?

– It is important to realize that we can influence our own lives. We are not just driftwood with no influence, Salmela-Aro ponders.

On the other hand, the goals should not be too big at once. If you demand too much of yourself, your motivation may stop.

– You should start moving in small steps. That’s when we get experiences of success that inspire us to continue.

Expert: Katariina Salmela-Aro, Professor of Education, University of Helsinki.

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