How Does Motivation Hurt Our Health?

How Does Motivation Hurt Our Health?
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There are many approaches to the topic of good motivation towards a healthy lifestyle.

Just knowing that something is better for you, does not guarantee that you will maintain the changes that support the choice.

Even if the knowlegde we perceive that it is a good, better, or a healthier option than what we are currently doing.

Why is that? The types of rewards that people used to motivate themselves to start a lifestyle change are going to fall into the superficial or the psychological categories.

In the superficial, we are talking about the outward appearance which tends to be for the approval from others through looking good, and that is what is the motivating factors.

In the psychological area, the motivation is going to come from the sense of meaning and having a purpose.

Their focus goes beyond the outward appearance, and their motivation is going to be coming from other concerns to be healthy, such as living longer to spend time with grandchildren or other loved ones.

Looking for Motivation for Getting Healthy

What are your Motivating factors?

We must be honest with ourselves in the answering of this question.

After all, the two categories are not going to complement each other.

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If the physical aspects motivate you and that is what keeps your blood pumping, then you are probably not as concerned about the other causes as much.

There have been times in life where you meet some people who are well-balanced, but there is going to be a more prominent reason that they do things.

Find your real motivation and own it for yourself, then you can proceed to use that motivation to assist you in achieving your goals.


Need Motivation for a Healthy Lifestyle?

Most would probably agree, that we need some motivation to keep us going.

We all have some weaknesses when it comes to getting healthier.

Either it is in what we want to eat, or not wanting to do our exercise routine on a day, that can quickly become another day, and then lead to more extended departures from the program until we do not do any exercise at all!

This routine is something that I have experienced many times in my life; working shift work presents a different set of challenges when trying to have a healthy lifestyle.

One of the challenges is to keep up the energy to work out regularly after working a 12-hour shift; especially when there is the added component of high amounts of working overtime.

The overtime consumes your days off making trying to catch up impossible.

What Does the Bible Say About Our Health?

There is plenty of scriptures that refer to how we should take care of our physical bodies as well as our spirits.

It does not go into the details of how to do that correctly, but it does refer to the taking of your body, just not to the point of worshiping the body instead of the Spirit.

Many times, the writers made greetings in their letters to one another wishing them good health.

The Bible can be a source of motivation for some people who are spiritually minded.

If you are a believer, one way to use this as motivational thought, you are better able to serve God when you are in good physical condition.

It also will make doing things for others more pleasurable, just by feeling better, you will encourage to be more courteous to others.

Regardless of whether you are a believer, being more courteous to others is going to make you better able to help others, help is always better received when the person is friendly and polite.

Brain Training for Motivation

The Internet provides us with the access to programs that allow us to train our brains.

Just like exercise for your body, some programs allow you to exercise your brain.

The scores of the test that they administer that are designed to activate different portions of the brain.

One of these is called Lumosity, which I have been a member of for several years and I can tell you that after a while you get tired of playing those games because they make you mentally tired.

Another thing is that if you stop for a while, it is hard to start back because you will lose the progress you gained from the first time you started it.

How does this apply to the motivation in physical exercise?

Well, exercise is very similar because once you have done the on and off cycle with both, you can easily make the connection.

Just like when you stop working out your muscles, and then you start back up again, it feels worse than you remember it feeling the last time you were on a workout program.

The same is true for the brain exercises, and the only difference is the mental side, you must address your attitude to start the program back up again.

Motivated Get Healthy

The attitude that you use is so important in motivating yourself, and keeping the motivation going, puts you on the course to a healthier lifestyle.

No matter what it is that motivating factor is, we can use it to our advantage once it’s identified.

What is ironic is that when the subject is brought up, many people jump on the bandwagon in saying the right things, yet the health statistics are not lining up the rhetoric so far.

It is going to take some time for the thinking to change and then for the results to show up in the statistics.

But that is not what is going to help the individual to stay motivated.

That is going to be a personal battle that each of us need to face and find out what works for us.

Find what your WHY is and use it to help you achieve your goals.

It will be helpful to identify people in your circle of acquaintances who naturally encourage where you need some support.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read this and I hope that it helps you in some way.

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18 thoughts on “How Does Motivation Hurt Our Health?

  1. I’ve gain a little weight lately and it’s sometimes effects my motivation,  because it I know how I use to be before, but honestly it’s a mind  hug and you can definitely overcome it in time, it will subside itself. But, regardless I encourage everyone to love themselves.  Always a great topic to write about…

    1. Thanks for your comment; good point to embrace the facts as they are,  make the necessary adjustment and do not beat yourself up. Better to think of giving yourself a hug instead!  

  2. I love reading your article. Motivation is really important to achieve a healthy life. Staying physically and emotionally healthy is an important part of our life but it’s a fact the path to good healthy lifestyle requires time, effort, discipline, and most importantly motivation. Motivation can help you stay healthy and to take control of many other aspects of your life. Thanks for sharing.

  3. You have amazing points in this article, I agree and can see where you’re coming from. Finding a lasting motivation and essentially adding it to your life style is hard but it is absolutely doable. Each individuals needs vary as well.  Changing things up every so often has always been a main part of my motivation. Thanks for the article!

    1. Thank you for your comment and thanks for bringing up the point that it is important to keep things fresh in our routines and in our thinking about it.

  4. Hi Chad,

    I found your article very interesting indeed.

    In the section about health you discussed the motivation behind being healthy.

    I think this is a very interesting concept.

    Do we want to be healthy, because we like being healthy or do we want to be healthy because we want to look good?

    I have been part of many training programs where we discussed similar concepts.

    One student was asked what their goal was and they said it’s to make $10,000.

    They were asked what they would do with the $10,000 and they replied they would pay off debt.

    So the actual goal was to pay off debt rather than make $10,000…

    This is a very interesting step into mindset and one that needs much more reflection.

    The goal behind the goal!

    Thank you for giving me a thought provoking morning!

    Tim

    1. Glad this article inspired you to think about motivation, and I like the example about the “WHY” behind the goal. 

      Sometimes, it is more important to examine the motive behind the action than itself. When relating this to how you approach your lifestyle and address your diet and exercise programs, it is going to take on a whole new meaning.

      Appreciate the comment Tim. 

  5. You raise some important issues with regard to motivations in staying healthy in the different areas of well-being, physical, mental, psychological, and spiritual.  All are important and must remain in balance for good health.

    The primary motivation is the best reason for achieving health.  This is a good reminder of this.

  6. I found this article to be somewhat relevant to an audiobook that I was listening to yesterday. 

    The author said – wanting to be in the realm of positiveness all the time can lead to negativity. 

    Instead, if you embrace negativity and work from there, you’ll achieve more positive and realistic results. 

    Can help thinking that it’s true with modern society’s aspiration today…

    1. Thank you for your comment; I like the correlation between focusing only on the positive will ultimately lead you to something negative. 

      Everything in life has a balance to it; you cannot experience the good without the bad. Otherwise how would you know the difference? 

      Rather, it is how we approach the challenges and face the things that we do not like, that will build character. 

  7. Great post about how to motivate yourself to a healthier lifestyle because it is hard to motivate yourself.  I loved all the different ways you approached the subject.  I have also decided to take steps to become more healthier.  

    What I do is try not to be to hard on myself for failure and try to really praise myself for anything that I do that is healthier.  

    Did I wake up and do yoga? I give myself a big pat on the back.  

    Did I not eat everything on my plate? Great job! 

    Did I park as far away from the store so I could walk? Great job!  

    Did I take the stairs instead of the elevator? Great job! 

    Every time I fail, I just try to do better next time. It seems like after doing this for a few months it just gets easier to make good choices, its second nature and if I backslide I just try to do better, but I don’t worry about it.  

    The more I focus on what I did wrong, or what I should have done better the more likely I am to fail.  

    1. Thank you for your comments and I like the thought exercise that you are doing here. So many times we can be too hard on ourselves when we do not do something we had planned.

      It is much more productive to keep a good balance in our thoughts, by recognizing it when we do something right, not in a braggadocious way, but like a person should do for the people we encounter in our lives.

      This philosophy makes me think of the determination in the old story of “The Little Engine That Could” and speaks to the value of optimism and working hard  towards a goal.

      If the thought that comes into your mind does not support the goals you have then let it go!

  8. this article was so deep! I love what you said about a spiritual motivation to be kind and help others. I also loved the reasoning behind mental excercises and health. We need to keep our mind sharp in order to really understanding our motivation. I agree too that our motivations can end up toxic and less helpful. How do you feel about meditation? 

    1. Thank you for your comments; to address meditation, it is a good tool for focusing your mind on something. 

      In some teachings it is proposed and encouraged to clear your mind; that does not seem very wise, better to focus on something specific.

      Focusing on what is going to edify you while in the quietness; with the purpose, to prepare you for the challenges that you will face after finishing the meditation. 

  9. I really like your post, well detailed and one can easily gain one or two things from it, My own motivation goes beyond physical, Anytime I am demotivated it goes a long way in affecting my health and I just find so many possible ways to raise my head up and search inwardly what I do that makes me happy and motivated 

    1. Thank you for your comments, searching inwardly tells us that you are looking more for the meaning than being motivated by the outward rewards. Inner rewards are more meaningful in the long run and seem to have a better ability to encourage us to get into action.

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