You know the feeling you get when you see an advertisement for a new product from your favorite company? The excitement that builds when you see a trailer for a new summer blockbuster that promises to be the best film you will ever see? What about the anxiousness that builds all day Friday before it’s friYAY night? How about the impatience you have when you get a new pair of shoes, dress, jeans, golf clubs, etc; something you cannot wait to use? What about the irrational behavior you exhibit when you hear that new summer jam (Drake, nice for what)? You know the dancing in public feeling, the “I can do anything with this song playing feeling.” Well, these are all normal internal feelings associated with being motivated.
Let’s talk motivation! How can we as a gym best motivate each other? Many of you may have noticed, simply by coming, that you are 1.) in a way, self-motivated to get to the gym, but then once here, the group/class will 2) tend to push you a little harder than you would have pushed yourself without them. That is a good thing and a good reflection to make. Exercise and the decision-making process in general, feels more autonomous when the individual is involved in a group atmosphere (Murcia et al., 2008). Meaning, that “push” the class gave you really did come from within. You just aren’t giving yourself enough credit for it, and that’s because the mind associates autonomy through being part of a group. It’s true! At least per some unbiased science. This means, you can and should use a healthy/positive group environment when making other potential life decisions.