Finding the Motivation to Exercise from Inspire Me Personal Training – Week 2
Claire Chadwick from Inspire Me Personal Training talks about how to keep the household motivated to exercise, especially with older children.
Intrinsic motivation doesn’t develop in children until they are well into High School, the idea that they may exercise for long term health benefits is too abstract. Instead, they need extrinsic motivation. That is rewards, challenges, competition and penalties for non-participation.
In the absence of competitive sport at the moment, we all need to be more creative with the resources we have;
– Create easily recordable family challenges. They might be: – Choosing activities like skipping, burpees, press-ups and having an individual or team challenges. – Heart Rate monitor point challenge. – Step challenge. – My favourite game of the moment is to use playing cards to direct family members to complete different exercises. – Look also to the wider media and find challenges you would all find motivating to complete.
When exercising think about using the main muscle groups that support posture and keep everyone pain free. That’s legs, glutes (bums), backs and tummies, That way, on returning to sports, everyone will be ready to go!