Motivate From Within

Try one of these mood-altering affirmations to boost motivation.

Lara McGlashan MFA CPT | April 05, 2017

No matter when you've vowed to make a habit of exercise, sometimes the novelty of a fresh start wears off and motivation lags. However, new research indicates that a conditioned cue (such as your alarm clock) plus an intrinsic, or inner, reward should get you going.

To help support your intrinsic motivation, formulate a positive affirmation. New research from the University of Freiburg’s Department of Sport Science in Germany found that when people believed they would benefit from the activity they were doing, they enjoyed it more, it improved their mood, and it reduced their overall level of anxiety.

Try one of these mood-altering affirmations to boost motivation:

  • With this workout, I move one step closer to my goal.
  • I love to train [insert bodypart], and with each rep, I get stronger.
  • Today, I will test my limits and prove my inner and outer strength.
  • In only one short hour, I will feel lighter, happier and more energized.
  • About the Author

    Lara McGlashan MFA CPT

    Oxygen Fitness Editor Lara McGlashan has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and editor, who specializes in health, fitness, and nutrition. 

    Lara is an ACE-certified personal trainer and fitness consultant. Her sports background includes skiing, snowboarding, flying trapeze, yoga, competitive beach volleyball, dance, mountain biking, hiking and running, to name a few endeavors. She is currently exploring the world of CrossFit in her home base of Connecticut, where she lives with her 2-year-old son, Alex.

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