Monday, August 12, 2013

What Motivates You to Exercise Test

Hello friends and Happy Monday!
How was your weekend? Did you run or exercise? Did you participate in a race? Here's my weekend running re-cap:
On Friday, I went for an easy 10 miler down Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne. I had only anticipated running 8 miles, but I felt so amazing that I continued for another 2.
On Sunday, I went for an 11 mile run with friend/coach Dan Smith. We ran in Key Biscayne. It was lovely.
A lot of people have been asking me if it's safe to run so many miles while being pregnant. Many have looked at me with a confused look as if thinking, "She's crazy!" The answer to that question is "yes." Yes, it is completely safe to run a bunch of miles during pregnancy, but only if you are trained to do so. I have been an endurance runner for about 4 years now, so my body is well accustomed to the mileage. An individual who is not used to the mileage should not try to attempt a high mileage training plan while they're pregnant.
After months of being asked this question I began thinking, what motivates people to exercise/run? I've asked myself this question and I've come up with a few reasons:
-I have a desire to become a faster runner.
-I have a desire to win races.
-I have a desire to stay lean and healthy.
-Running makes me feel good, both emotionally and physically.
-Running makes me feel empowered.
So, now I ask YOU, what motivates you to exercise/run? We all know that motivation is very personal. Different things motivate different people. I think that the key to knowing what motivates you is to know what your desires are. Once you have identified your desires, then you can set goals based on those desires.
Have you ever heard of Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs? Maslow theorized that people are motivated by unsatisfied needs. "Needs" fall into 5 levels: The 4 lower levels are associated with physiological (bodily) needs, while the top level is associated with psychological needs. So what are your unsatisfied needs? You can find out by taking this short online test. It's short, sweet and to the point!
Here are my results:
Physiological Needs     10%
Safety Needs     37%
Love Needs     24%
Esteem Needs     40%
Self-Actualization Needs     46%

My unsatisfied need is self-actualization. Based on this test, I can assume that PRing (getting the best time than my previous times) in a race, winning a race or becoming a faster runner will motivate me to run.
Interpreting Each Need

-Physiological Needs: Motivational goals centered around feeling healthier would probably work best, such as running to lose weight, exercising to lower your blood pressure, etc.
-Safety Needs: Perhaps you feel as though your life is in an uncontrolled state right now? Perhaps a structured training plan will make you feel more in control of your life, thus making you feel safe.
-Love Needs: If some love is what you need, how about joining a running group or exercising with friends and family?
-Esteem Needs: Perhaps by accomplishing something impressive will motivate you to run or exercise. How about trying out a new distance running course or trying a new sport?
-Self-Actualization Needs: To have a self-actualization need is the need to make the most of your abilities. This is the desire of becoming everything we want to become. If this is your need, perhaps you should create a training plan that will help you achieve your best time in a race or qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
Whatever your desire may be, just know yourself and set some goals to achieve the best you, you can be!
What motivates you to exercise/run?
Transforming Your Morning Challenge:
Gratitude Journal: I am grateful for my running apprehensions, for they motivate me to be the best runner I can be.
Quote: "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." -Ayn Rand
Positive Affirmation: My future is glorious. 


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