In a February 2018 research poll conducted by Fitness First, findings show that while a third of Australian men (34%) are exercising at the gym at least once a week, 52% of these men sites laziness (e.g. lack of motivation or a reluctance to push oneself) as a primary barrier to fitness. 48% of these respondents said being able to track their fitness would help keep them motivated, and 47% said that setting fitness goals would keep them on the straight and narrow. Further, 72% of these men are motivated to achieve their fitness goals to feel fit and strong or feel good about themselves (68%).
How to keep motivated…
There’s some serious merit to the power of your mind, especially when it comes to exercise. In fact, simply believing working out will have a positive impact on your life and well being might even be better for you than the exercise itself, according to new research.
In the study, published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, researchers had 76 men and women between the ages 18 and 32 hop on a bicycle ergometer for 30 minutes. But first, the men and women were separated into different groups and shown one of several short films that either praised the positive effects of cycling on health or not, asked whether they believed in the benefits of physical activity, and told to fill out questionnaires about their well being and mood before and after exercise. Lastly, the researchers measured the participants’ brain activity with an EEG.
“The results demonstrate that our belief in how much we will benefit from physical activity has a considerable effect on our well-being in the manner of a self-fulfilling prophecy,” study author Hendrik Mothes said in a press release. “Test subjects who already believed the physical activity would have positive effects before participating in the study enjoyed the exercise more, improved their mood more, and reduced their anxiety more than less optimistic test subjects.”
It’s not exclusive to cycling either. The researchers believe this rings true for other endurance sports like jogging, swimming, or cross-country skiing, the researchers say.
Bottom line: You won’t gain more muscle or drop fat any faster, but you will experience more psychological benefits from exercise if you have a positive outlook on sports. What’s more, you can reap the benefits of stronger workout motivation.
“Beliefs and expectations could possibly have long-term consequences…[and] be a determining factor on whether we can rouse ourselves to go jogging again next time or decide instead to stay at home on the couch,” Mothes adds.
How can Fitness First help your motivation?
To overcome the challenges of lagging motvation, and as part of Fitness First’s commitment to innovation and member experience, people who sign up to a Fitness First membership will be given the option to receive an Apple Watch Series 3, offering unrivalled health and fitness capabilities including:
− Planning and viewing of class schedules via the KuboFit app on their Apple Watch
− Class reminders sent straight to a member’s Apple Watch
− Share their workouts both inside and outside the gym with their personal trainer, using the Activity Sharing feature of Apple Watch.
− With just a tap of their Apple Watch, members can now seamlessly pair it with TechnoGym treadmills, ellipticals, indoor bikes and stair steppers.
This industry-first innovation allows data not previously communicated to exchange seamlessly like heart rate, calories burned, distance, speed and incline. The offering gives members the most accurate and holistic activity tracking available.
“We are here to motivate our members and to help them go further in life – this is at the heart of what we do, and it’s what we promise to deliver every day at Fitness First,” said General Manager of Fitness First Australia, David Aitchison.
“Our focus is on providing a premium and innovative fitness experience that help our members achieve their goals – whether inside or outside the gym. Over recent years we have consistently shown our commitment to delivering the leading fitness experience in Australia through investment in our clubs, our product and our people. These latest initiatives are the next step to us furthering this commitment.”
“Working with and delivering the absolute best in fitness technology ensures we give our valued members the best chance to stay motivated, and stay on track to achieve their fitness ambitions.”
“Our research shows that Australians’ primary motivations for going to the gym are to feel good about themselves (60%) and to feel fit and strong (53%), and it’s our priority to help these goals become reality,” said Michael Cunico, National Fitness Manager at Fitness First.
“This is the next step in our ongoing commitment to support our members’ fitness journeys. Specifically, our members need to feel that they’re making progress and that they have choice. Our focus on demonstrating our breadth of fitness offering and encouraging class participation though KuboFit – in conjunction with tracking and monitoring their workouts with Apple Watch will ensure that they stay motivated, engaged and ultimately fitter for longer,” said Michael.
“This experience builds on our current full-service offer designed to provide variety and choice – with over 960 daily group fitness classes across 59 clubs including Freestyle Group Training and the recent rollout of access to the gyms 24.7.”
KuboFit is currently available to iOS and Apple Watch users, with Android coming soon.
About Fitness First In Australia, more than 200,000 members visit our 59 Fitness First clubs about 15 million times a year. Fitness First is constantly rewriting the rules of fitness, first with Sydney’s The Zone, a world first in time efficient, motivating group training, and in 2017 with the newly refurbished flagship club in Bond Street, lifting our member’s fitness aspirations to new heights. Recently, in response to the member’s increasing need for flexible training hours, Fitness First has announced it will begin rolling out a 24/7 training offering at select clubs across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. As one of Australia’s premium fitness offerings, over the past 17 years, our fitness philosophy has remained the same: to offer the best equipment, range of classes, knowledgeable staff and personal advice in a welcoming environment that helps members to achieve their fitness goals.
Head to www.fitnessfirst.com.au for more.