11 Exercise Benefits that are Better than Weight Loss
Using weight loss as exercise motivation isn’t always entirely effective.
“[It’s] considered ‘extrinsic motivation,’” says Lisa Hisscock, an ACE certified personal trainer and Interval Training Rx coach. “Other examples include a beach vacation, turning heads at a reunion, or fitting into a certain sized jean. It’s okay to use this type motivation to get you started, but for exercise to become part of your life, you need to find your ‘intrinsic motivation,’” she said.
This can include things like improved mood, stress reduction, or setting an example for others; the list is essentially endless because you can choose any internal reason—just make sure it’s meaningful and important to you.
If you’re not sure where to find your intrinsic motivation, Hisscock says you should ask yourself: Why would I get out of bed on a cold, dark, winter morning to knock out a workout even when I’m at my ideal weight?
“Find the authentic answer to that, commit it to memory, and that is your ‘magic pill’ for exercise adherence,” she said.
And if you need some help getting your brainstorm started, first consider these eleven exercise benefits that are way better than weight loss.