It seems like every New Year’s Eve; we make the same resolutions. We want to lose weight, get in shape, and finally stick to a workout routine. But by February, most of us have already given up on our fitness goals. So, what’s the secret to staying motivated? According to recent research, it’s all about instant gratification.
Instant gratification is one of the main reasons so many people don’t stick to their workout routines or diets. Exercising or eating healthy requires discipline and willpower, which rarely produces immediate results. It takes time to see any changes because of your workouts, whereas something like eating a candy bar can provide a feeling of satisfaction instantly. People are more likely to gravitate towards what brings them pleasure quickly rather than doing something that may take a while before they see any payoff. Exercise can be physically uncomfortable, which may lead some people not wanting to put in the effort since it’s easier and faster to do nothing at all.
In a study published in the journal Health Psychology, participants were asked to commit to either a 30-minute or 60-minute workout three times per week for eight weeks. The catch was that they could only choose one of two options: they could receive immediate feedback on their progress via text message or email, or they could get no feedback at all.
The results showed that those who received feedback were significantly more likely to stick to their workout routine than those who didn’t. In fact, 80% of the participants who received feedback completed all eight weeks of the study, compared to only 55% of those who didn’t receive feedback.
According to these findings, to experience lasting changes, you must focus on getting immediate feedback on your progress. It might mean signing up for a fitness tracker or downloading a running app that gives you real-time data on your mileage and pace. Or maybe you need something as simple as setting a daily step goal and making sure you hit it before bed each night. Whatever form it takes, seek instant gratification with your fitness goals—it just might be the key to finally sticking with a healthier lifestyle for good.
However, you must be mindful that even if you feel you’re not getting instant gratification, exercising has long-term benefits, if done correctly. For starters, it can reduce stress and anxiety levels, improve sleep quality, and strengthen your heart. It can also help you maintain a healthy weight, which will make it easier to stay in shape and keep your body functioning correctly. Exercise also releases endorphins that naturally boost your mood, which is one of the most rewarding benefits since it adds a sense of wellbeing.
We live in a society where we want things to happen immediately, and when they don’t, we get discouraged and give up.
There is a certain power that comes with embracing the concept of instant gratification and leaning into the reality of our society – it’s possible to create amazing things when we don’t give up in those moments when things don’t happen as soon as we’d like them to. Staying motivated and keeping going despite anything that could stop us can make major progress toward our goals and dreams. If we want something badly enough, it’s entirely possible to achieve it, even though sometimes there are tough delays along the way. Through dedication and perseverance, we can overcome any obstacle that stands between us and our desired destination.
So why do so many people give up on their workout routine after just a few weeks or even days?
While it’s difficult to keep up with a regular workout routine at first, as I mentioned earlier, the right attitude and determination can help you stay determined and motivated to achieve your goals. Staying positive and rewarding yourself after each small step will help you keep going. Just remember why you started! Don’t forget that you owe your body the care it deserves, and in time, consistent exercise will become an enjoyable habit rather than a dreaded chore. It takes time, but if you stay motivated and take it slow; there’s no reason you won’t achieve your fitness goals.
Let’s face it, no one likes to exercise. Running on a treadmill or lifting weights can be quite tedious. But healthy habits make all the difference in your wellbeing and happiness! It may not seem like it, but those 30 minutes of running (or however long you decide) will give you an incredible feeling afterward.
Remember, healthy habits don’t happen overnight—it takes time and commitment! But if you stay consistent and make healthy habits part of your routine, you’ll be feeling and looking amazing in less time than you previously thought.
So, break a sweat—the result is worth it! And who knows? After just a few weeks, you may even learn to love exercise after all!