Learning as an intrinsic motivator for physical activity

Providing knowledge to those taking part in physical activity means;

  • Participants have more interest in what/why they are doing PT
  • Participants have a another reason to come to sessions (to learn)
  • Participants increase their confidence
  • Participants are more likely to share the knowledge if they have something interesting to offer

This help’s participants develop ‘Knowledge self efficacy’, which is an intrinsic motivator. Intrinsic motivation is based on;

  • Competence is defined by a perceived self-belief in one’s ability to perform well in an activity, e.g. in triathlon
  • Autonomy or freedom of choice. Perceived autonomy is high when individuals feel they are engaging in sport because they choose to do so, not because they feel pressured by other people (parents, coaches) or external factors (expectations)
  • Relatedness is defined by a sense of shared experience and meaningful relationships. Therefore, people are motivated by activities which allow them to form and enjoy good relationships

Adding the opportunity for participants to learn, allowing choice of exercise and sharing the experience with like minded clients, supports longevity in continued participation.
Intrinsic motivation toward knowledge is observed if an activity is performed for the pleasure or satisfaction of learning or understanding something.
Here is an article based on research from one of our favourite academic’s in this area, Professor Edward L. Deci  👩🏽‍🎓 🏋🏻‍♀️  https://academy.sportlyzer.com/wiki/motivation/self-determination-theory-intrinsic-and-extrinsic-motivation/#:~:text=Intrinsic%20motivation%20toward%20knowledge%20is,of%20accomplishing%20or%20creating%20something