4 tricks to motivate yourself

There are no days. Those in which, despite the passion, despite everything, to go out running, pedaling, training strangely you have little desire. Because you had a difficult day, you have a heavy head or who knows what else. In these cases you need a shot of pride, the spring that makes shoes slip on and go through the front door. Need something to motivate yourself.

How to find the motivation to train

We found 4: strange, unthinkable techniques to find the right motivation for training. Tricks that work.

Stand in front of the mirror

Put on your running shoes, trousers and t-shirts and then look at yourself in the mirror: chest out, straight shoulders, proud look, winning pose. According to research by Professor Amy JC Cuddy of the Harvard Business School, looking at herself while flaunting the desire for power stimulates testosterone production (the conquest and challenge hormone) and lowers cortisol levels (the stress and negativity hormone ). And when testosterone is in circulation, man or woman that you are, there are no precluded targets.

Retrace a known road

In other words, it triggers the mechanism of positive feedback: we all always like to try gratifying sensations and, according to research by the University of New Hampshire , the mechanism of “positive memory” activates the brain areas of well-being that in turn trigger the mechanisms of motivation . And returning to the path on which you have printed your personal best is the best way to retry that feeling.

Take orders

Using the second person singular rather than the first. Example: “Go out today to run!” Instead of “Today I go out to run”. According to a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology the fact of turning to ourselves using the tu instead of the ego would trigger the mechanism of obedience. And the athletes who have tried this technique admit to having trained longer and with greater commitment.

Think about what you are, not what you do

That is to say that you think you are a runner, not that you go running. According to a study conducted by Harvard and Yale universities, focusing on what one is rather than on what one does allows one to weld goals to one’s sense of self and one’s identity, rather than one’s function. Put simply, if you feel like a runner it will be harder to give up training because it is something that is part of yourself; if instead you see yourself as someone who goes to run from time to time, it will instead be easier for you to give up something that is accessory to your essence.

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