Taking part in physical activity is about getting healthy, physically, mentally and socially … and having fun!
Moving the emphasis of taking part in physical activity to joining a session/class for; Support, Socialising, Autonomy, Competency and fun, can change it to an activity that you want to take part in.
Most Coaches/PTs help participants with extrinsic goals such as losing weight or improving body image and therefore have a limited participation timeline. Maintaining weight loss is not an exciting goal!
The challenge for Coaches/PTs is to help participants develop Intrinsic motivation by creating the environment that ensures participants enjoy their sessions. Discussing and reframing goals from extrinsic to intrinsic.
Extrinsic goals can lead to Intrinsic motivation – If the participant’s goal is to lose weight then with the right encouragement the experience of physical activity can shift from, “I am doing it to lose weight” to “I am doing it because it is fun!”
It should also be noted that extrinsic goals are shown to have diminishing effectiveness and participants only motivated by extrinsic goals are highly likely to stop taking part sooner or later, usually within a 1 – 2 months.
Coaches/PT’s can use the ‘nudges’ we freely share to help participants transition from extrinsic to intrinsic motivation so they want to take part because; they like it, enjoy it and want to join in, not just because they have an extrinsic goal.
Come on down, find a session/class with a Coach/PT, which provides support, is social, provides autonomy, develops your skills/knowledge and is fun!🤸🏾♀️🤼