Pudgy to Perfect: Exercise Commitment Wavers with Motivation – #RevoltNowFit Week 9

Thanks to Revolt Fitness I’ve been given access to their workout program for the purposes of review. This is the end of my 9th week on #RevoltNowFit.

photo credit: Arya Ziai via photopin cc

photo credit: Arya Ziai via photopin cc


The fact that exercise commitment wavers with motivation does not surprise me one bit. Anyone who has tried on a regular basis to stick to a routine of health and fitness to which they are not already accustomed would probably agree.   These last two weeks have really put a clamp down on my resolve to exercise and eat better.  It’s been non-stop running and being away from home.  This makes it difficult for healthy meals and making time for the all important exercise – especially when you are exhausted.  Drinking a gallon of water every day has been next to impossible.  I can’t hold it all that long when I need to go to the bathroom anymore so making sure I don’t drink too much when I have to be out in public is a must.  Plus trying to drink all that I’ve missed through the day in the evening makes it difficult for me to get any sleep thus making the next day even harder to get through.  I’m glad, and sad, that I’ll be back to not having to run everywhere for a while.  I’ll be able to prepare and eat my meals on schedule and make proper time for my exercise.  Though the last week has been bad for my diet and even worse for sticking to my exercise routine I’m happy to report that I did still lose 3 lbs.!  My husband commented the other day he noticed that I was getting smaller and that I shouldn’t give up on my exercise routine.  I wish he would join me, but he lacks the motivation I guess.

By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on February 14, 2012 A new study by Penn State researchers finds that motivation to exercise fluctuates from week to week. And, not surprisingly, the motivational fluctuations predict whether we will be physically active. In an effort to understand how the motivation to exercise is linked to behavior, researchers examined college students’ intentions to be physically active as well as their actual activity levels. “Many of us set New Year’s resolutions to be more physically active, and we expect these resolutions to be stable throughout the year,” said David Conroy, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology. “One of the things we see in this study is that from week to week our motivation can change a lot, and these weekly changes in motivation can be destructive to our resolutions.” Investigators recruited 33 college students and assessed over a 10-week period both the students’ weekly intentions to be physically active and their activity levels. Participants were instructed to log on to a website and to rate their intentions to perform physical activity for the week ahead. To assess physical activity, participants were instructed to wear pedometers each day for the first four weeks. Researchers discovered that for many of the participants, the motivation to exercise fluctuated on a weekly basis, and these fluctuations were linked to their behavior. The findings from the study appear in the current issue of the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology . “Our motivation to be physically active changes on a weekly basis because we have so many demands on our time,” said Conroy. For most of us, the challenge to remain motivated to exercise in the weeks when we are maxed-out is problematic. “Maybe one week we’re sick or we have a work deadline […]

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