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Exercise & Motivation, Part 4: Maintenance & Relapse

WHAT ARE THE MAINTENANCE AND RELAPSE STAGES?


In the maintenance stage, you’ve been exercising regularly for long enough that it’s become a habit. You’ve created a routine that works for you, and (if you’re doing it right), you’ve started seeing the benefits you originally wanted in your life.  There are still a few traps that can derail you, though. When this happens, and you find yourself no longer exercising, you’re in Prochaska’s ‘Relapse’ stage.


Most ‘traps’ will either involve a change in your life circumstances, a change in your goals, or a combination of both – so if you’ve been exercising regularly for a while and suddenly find motivating yourself difficult, ask yourself what’s changed.


CHANGES IN CIRCUMSTANCE


If your circumstances have altered, you’ll usually be well aware of what’s happened and how it’s affected your motivation. For example – you might enjoy exercising in a gym, then take a sudden drop in income that doesn’t allow you to keep your gym membership. Your working hours might change, making your original workout timeslot unavailable.


Someone you exercise with might decide to stop, or you might injure yourself somehow.  All these things will disrupt what was an effective routine, and if you don’t actively plan to work around the disruption, it can sap your motivation to keep exercising. 


If this applies to you, imagine you were back in the Contemplation stage, and look at the motivation suggestions for this stage. Revisit your main goal for exercising. Is it still valid? If so, move through the suggestions for the Preparation stage. Your initial ‘how’ no longer works – so what needs to change? If you can no longer keep the routine that used to work, what can you still do that’s convenient, enjoyable and affordable?  If you’ve kept a fitness journal, go back through the entries you made when you were setting up your routine. What did you think of to try then (and didn’t end up using) that you could experiment with now?


CHANGES IN GOALS


If your circumstances haven’t changed, it’s likely your goals have. Perhaps your initial goals aren’t relevant any longer? If this is the case, don’t beat yourself up about it – instead, ask yourself what you *do* want now. Perhaps you started off enthusiastic about training for a triathlon, but quickly found the required time and effort unbalanced your life. Perhaps you began wanting to lose 20kg, then realised as you had to replace your entire wardrobe that you actually preferred being curvy – now you just want to feel healthy and energetic.  Remember, it’s your life and no-one can tell you what your goals should be.  It’s OK for goals to change – what’s not OK is to keep grimly putting time and effort into something you don’t actually want any more.


Remember there’s a difference between wanting to take a day off, and losing long term motivation.  Part of any successful plan is allowing yourself occasional rest days. Taking one or two every week doesn’t mean you’ve moved into Relapse – in fact it’s necessary to avoid overtraining. It’s also OK to vary your workout intensity from week to week – alternating weeks of pushing yourself with weeks of coasting. This strategy (called ‘periodisation’ when it’s done to a specific plan) is actually far more effective for reaching fitness goals than pushing yourself as hard as you can every single workout.  If you’re starting consistently skip workouts though, you need to figure out why and do something about it.


GETTING HELP WITH MOTIVATION


Finally, as we suggested for those in the Action stage, if it’s getting harder to stay motivated despite all of the above suggestions, think about working with a personal trainer.  In fact, a trainer can help you manage your motivational difficulties whatever stage of Prochaska’s model you’re at (or even if you’re not quite sure where you are right now!)  If you’ve thought about hiring a trainer in the past, but the time has never been right, Optimum Life Ltd has an offer that might convince you to finally make the investment in yourself, your health, and your happiness. If you e-mail us on mailto:optimumlife@xtra.co.nz during October, you’ll be able to sign up for a full Total Fitness Membership at a 25% discount – only $US30 per month (when you consider that most trainers charge between $50-100 per session, you can see why it’s such good value!)


As you can see from this article series, the question of how to motivate yourself to exercise isn’t an easy one to answer (if it was, we’d all be exercising regularly, and there’d be no need for this article!). The best way to motivate yourself depends very much on where in the stages of change you are at the moment with respect to exercise.  Figure out where you are in the model, then try the relevant suggestions for getting yourself moving. If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact us – we’d  love to hear from you. Otherwise, may every day bring you closer to your Optimum Life.

Tanja Gardner
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All athletes will be motivated.

It is a well known proven fact that success requires a substantial amount of laborious work, endurance and patients. So as to achieve victory a sports individual is required to practice and train continually perfecting the basic skills. As such, they need to be suitably motivated intrinsically and extrinsically. All great athletes have one thing that motivates them and pushes them farther then other athletes.

Individuals may be motivated in numerous ways. Researchers state that motivation is “a process by way of which an individual makes use of accessible resources, time, expertise, and energy, and distributes them in a means they choose.” This course of known as the personal investment idea, and it includes a two-stage causal process. The first stage involves the results of exterior components and their affect on how an individual seems to be at a specific situation. In the second stage, the individual takes into consideration a personal investment in the situation. The non-public investment entails an inner drive, a desire, or an intention an individual possesses as a reaction to external influences. Totally different athletes have completely different types of motivation to keep them dedicate to a selected sport. It may be enjoyment, physical fitness, social relationships, or aim attainment.

There are two sorts of motivation that permits sportsmen to achieve a particular objective or task. The first sort of extrinsic motivation in sports activities comes from external influences or people. People who are extrinsically motivated can be impressed by rewards comparable to trophies and plaques, social recognition, or benefits. Motivation of athletes with sport trophies have been around since Greco Roman era and possibly earlier than that.
The second type of motivation is intrinsic, which is an inherent characteristic that feeds off one’s interior drive to accomplish a goal or objective. Intrinsically motivated people give attention to a task for their very own sake. They have a way of self dedication, and look upon themselves as with the ability to meet the calls for of a specific task.

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Positive Affirmations Develop Positive Life Change

Using positive affirmations is a powerful positive thinking technique that you can use effectively in countering the negative beliefs that may be regularly sabotaging your attempts to live a happier and more fulfilled life.

How successful and happy we are is often defined not by what happens to us, but rather, by how we react to the events in our lives. It is our subconscious beliefs about ourselves and the world around us that determine whether the reactions are positive or negative and whether the resulting outcome helps us or sabotages us.

Poor self-esteem and other negative beliefs are often at the very root of many personal problems and can cause massive damage to a person’s ability to succeed. The irony is that often these beliefs are often formed in childhood and are now either untrue for us or simply inappropriate for an adult and yet these underlying beliefs persist and are rarely re-assessed or challenged.

Positive Affirmations are positive statements; you can use them to reinforce positive aspects of the self and are effective in countering negative thought patterns. Positive affirmations also help start the process of self re-assessment, challenging those old negative beliefs about the self. By regularly repeating affirmations and keeping them in the forefront of your consciousness, you help develop new positive thoughts and a new positive mindset. By replacing the old negative thoughts with new positive thoughts, the positive affirmations open up a completely new set of life possibilities that simply did not seem possible before.

Breaking out of negative thinking is a cathartic experience. Suddenly instead of feeling “stuck”, caged or trapped by the old negative beliefs, you are released. At last able to spread the wings of life without fear and follow your dreams and your destiny unencumbered by the old baggage of negativity.

To use your positive affirmations effectively, you must use them regularly and consistently. I often leave positive affirmation cards that I have written lying about in places where I know I will see them and be reminded of them regularly throughout the day.

Perhaps the most important thing to understand about affirmations and how to use them is to be aware that every word we speak, every thought we think is also a form of affirmation. It is vital that when we catch ourselves being negative about ourselves, or about those around us, or anything for that matter. We stop, and find a new positive way of expressing ourselves that reflects the new positive self that we want to be. Initially this can be hard, but the good news is that if we persist, not only does it get easier; our slip-ups come less often.

George Symond
http://www.articlesbase.com/self-help-articles/positive-affirmations-develop-positive-life-change-93709.html

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3 Things Personal Trainers Do Not Tell You

When it comes to working out everyone likes the idea of getting a personal trainer. I like it myself. It can help you in a variety of ways. Personal trainers can help you with motivation since you have someone standing over you while you workout. They can also help with commitment since you have to pay for their service you are more committed to sticking to it. They can also help with advice on the proper way to work out. The reasons to hire a personal trainer are many and great but it is possible to get great results without a personal trainer. There are some things they just do not want you to know.

One thing is that losing weight and getting in shape is really not as mysterious and hard as some people make it out to be. If you go to the gym and eat right you are going to get good results. You just have to make sure you keep at your program on a consistent basis. That really is key. Keep working out and eating right on a consistent basis and you will get results with or without a personal trainer.

Another thing that can make them lose business if too many people catch on is the fact that a lot of great information on the proper ways to workout is available online. Some decent info in online for free but there are also paid programs that are actually very good. You just have to look around and read reviews to find them. Make sure and ask people who have used the programs for their opinion before handing over your hard earned cash. The benefit to using a program online is that in most cases it is a one time fee. You will not have the ongoing fee of a personal trainer and you can get some great results.

Finally one other thing to remember before hiring a personal trainer is that you can get a lot of benefit from using a trainer for a short amount of time and then working out on your own. A lot of trainers will try to get you to sign long term contracts for service but if you shop around you can find some who will let you go month to month. The most benefit you receive from a trainer is in the first few months. After that you are kind of in a routine with a lot of trainers. After the first few months you will have the knowledge of working out that you learned from them and you will also be in a routine of working out so your commitment level will be high. If you are looking to save some cash then after the first few months you can drop the trainer (and the fee) and continue on your own. So if you do decide to use a trainer do not let them talk you into a long contract and do not fall for the claims that those contracts are the only way to get trained. There are month to month trainers and if the first one you talk to does not offer that then make sure to shop around.

Christopher Fox
http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/3-things-personal-trainers-do-not-tell-you-723738.html

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(3/4) Lecture 1: Motivation (Traffic Simulation Class by Shan Huang)

The is the first lecture of a graduate class in fall 2010 namely “Traffic Simulation” in the field of transportation engineering. I am Shan Huang, the founder and instructor of this course, also a Ph.D. Candidate at University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. Hope you like it!

The slides and my contact information can be downloaded from my personal website – http://www.shanhuang.net. Feel free to contact me. I look forward to receiving your comments and suggestions.

I am seeking for a job in my field.

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Hw can we know if we r positive thinking person or a negative thinking person?

I think that iam a positive thinking person but my husband says i am a negative thinking person.Iadmit that i cannot bear my humilation and iam a bit possesive too.

Do you see the glass half empty or half full??
half empty means you are negative
half full means you are positive

Let me tell you something, sometimes other are better at judging us then we are able to do it with ourselves cos we see what we want to see.

If you want to be a positive person… you can start now and think positive… it is never to late!

xxxhugsxxx

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Maverick Money Makers Exposed™

On a regular basis, I attend a variety of meetings in Chicago that are centered around building wealth. As you’ve probably heard, one of the secrets to success is to surround yourself with “like minded” people. I’ve found this to be a great way to connect with others and learn about real business opportunities that work.

A philosophy I subscribe to is to find what other people are doing to be successful and replicated it. There’s no need to overcomplicated or make things harder than they should be when all of the hard work has already been done for you.

Take inventors, for example. Thousands of people rack their brains to come up with the world’s greatest gadget. They come up with a great idea, spend thousands of dollars on creating prototypes, spend thousands more on advertising to bring their product to market and wait for the paychecks to arrive.

A few weeks pass and there’s no results, so they dump more money into advertising with a different message and medium. After they’ve exhausted their life savings, they finally admit to themselves that they had a good idea, but there just was no market for their product. It’s a sad story, but it happens all the time.

Those on the fast track to wealth do what already works.

What I’ve observed over the years of attending small “master mind” meetings is that the members built their wealth in pretty similar fashions. In fact, with an exception of a few people, you can break down the members into 4 groups:

  • Real Estate Investors
  • Network Marketers
  • Internet Entrepreneurs
  • Equities Traders (stocks, options, forex, etc)

Many of these individuals own other businesses or invest in antiques and art, but just about everyone I encounter is involved in one of or all four of these areas. The reason being that these are tried and true business models that work.

The business models above can produce passive and residual income, can be automated, and profits naturally grow over time with the right attention. That’s not to say that these are easy ways to make money – they all require significant up-front effort – but these models possess some of the best qualities you can find in owning a business.

Another observation that I’ve made is that every successful person I come across had someone they considered their coach, which has formed the way they attack their business. For example, there are a number of ways to make money online (think eBay, website advertising, membership sites, etc), but if you were to ask one of the Internet millionaires in my group who they studied under, you could immediately understand how they approach their business.

Having a coach allows you to have a focused and effective strategy, which is critical to your success.

I could probably rattle off 100 different ways to make money online – some better than other – but most with the potential to produce a significant amount of income. If you tried to tackle every one of those methods, you would fail miserably. But if you were strategic and followed a focused plan that works, your success is only limited to what you allow yourself to achieve.

Once you’ve identified how you want to create your wealth, then you want to find a successful coach. In the past, finding a mentor was a bit tricky. I remember as a young real estate investor I had to basically beg investors to allow me to work for them for free in exchange for their mentoring. Most would refuse, but eventually after regularly attending real estate investing meetings, I would build relationships with the big player and find someone that was willing to show me the ropes. It wasn’t until after I proved I was serious about building wealth that anyone would listen to me.

Looking back, I can’t blame them…

There are too many people seeking the magic bullet, but not willing to put in the effort to build a real business.

Finding a coach is a lot easier today. Since most people now have high speed Internet and more services allow streaming video, some of these successful people are offering one-on-one coaching programs online. Instead of going to meetings and having to find someone locally, anyone can receive coaching from the top entrepreneurs from across the globe.

This, of course, will typically come with a fee, which is really an investment that should produce and income that far exceeds your initial payment. If it does not, quickly pull the plug. There are better places for your to invest your money and many business models that will allow you to produce an income pretty quickly (given that you put in effort).

Should you join a mentoring program that happens to fail, you should have no problem getting 100% of your money back. Any respectably coaching program will guarantee you produce $X in a certain number of days or your money back.

On the online world, Mack Michaels is a well known entrepreneur that grosses over $2 Million a year by promoting other people’s products online . Not long ago, he turned his focus towards helping others build an online business, and his private coaching program has been wildly successful.

Mack’s personal mentoring program provides a way for you to get off the ground running and not just produce some money online, but create a giant stream of income. There are plenty of guides and resources you can read to learn how to make money online, but no book is as dedicated to making sure you are a success as Mack is. His reputation relies on making sure you make money by doing exactly what he tells you to do.

WWW.MAVERICKMONEYHOOVER.COM

Thanawat
http://www.articlesbase.com/online-business-articles/maverick-money-makers-exposed-682643.html

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What do you think of this UCAS application personal statement?

Understanding cinema and television as the unbounded global media that it is has always intrigued me. Even after watching some of my favourite films I immediately purchase them in script form in an effort to understand why these motion pictures can captivate an entire group of spectators in cinemas and homes across the world.
Gaining entry to the course would open up a whole new world of knowledge and information , however, the biggest aspect of the course for me would be the chance to work with and learn from experienced individuals who have worked in an industry in which I hope to one day participate. This Degree would undoubtedly give me the confidence and ability to succeed in this industry and also give me the tools needed to write creatively for film and television, either as an individual or as part of a team.
Although I have no previous involvement in this subject and have been absent from full time education for over five years, I do exhibit good learning abilities. This can be shown by my HND in Electronics and in the completion of various training courses and ongoing appraisals I currently undergo, which have ensured I have remained in a learning environment which has taken me to the peak of possibilities available in the field in which I work.
I have researched the subject I am applying for thoroughly through the prospectus and on-line information from the Faculty of Arts .Having worked in the west end of Glasgow, I am familiar with the area, the University and the bohemian atmosphere that it creates and have a desire to be involved in this lively area that pulses with a multicultural heartbeat.
In my current profession, I work alone as part of a specialist team covering the latest products and also covering most of the central belt of Scotland. Working somewhat autonomously requires great self motivation and reliability which is coterminous with the trust in the individual shown by the management.
At school I was involved in various extra curricular activities, but the one I am most proud of was the assisted reading program that endeavoured to help younger students with a learning difficulty by improving their reading on a one to one basis. Over the past few years however, the window for these types of activities has been closed mainly due to the fact that my father suffered a near fatal heart attack. Helping him through the first difficult year of recuperation and rehabilitation was the catalyst needed to prompt me to take advantage of company policy and apply for a years career break in which to travel and reassess some personal goals and ambitions.
I am fairly active in any free time that I do have and enjoy various sports including playing football twice a week and cycling three times a week. When it gets to winter I enjoy snowboarding with friends over the weekend. Having done some research I am aware that the university has various clubs and associations and, if I am successful in gaining entry to the course, I will be actively looking to join a winter sports club. I love travelling which gives time to pursue my other hobby of photography. I have visited France a few times which has given me the opportunity to brush up on the little French I know, and once drove across the whole country. I have also visited Holland, Belgium, Greece, the Czech Republic and most recently on my career break spent a few months in Australia.

I edited the first few paragraphs. See what you think…

Cinema and television have always intrigued me. After watching some of my favourite films I immediately purchase thier scripts so that I can better understand how these motion pictures captivate an large audiences in cinemas and homes across the world.
Gaining entry to the NAME COURSE HERE would open up a whole new world of knowledge and information to me. However, I am most interested in having the chance to work with and learn from experienced individuals who have worked in the industry in which I hope to one day participate. This Degree would undoubtedly give me the confidence and ability to succeed in this industry and also give me the tools needed to write creatively for film and television, either as an individual or as part of a team.
Although I have no previous involvement in this subject and have been absent from full time education for over five years, I do exhibit good learning abilities. This is evidenced by my HND in Electronics. Additionally, I have completed various training courses and undergone a variety of appraisals. Thus, I have remained in a learning environment, which has taken me to the peak of possibilities available in the field in which I work.
I have researched the subject I am applying for thoroughly through the prospectus and on-line information from the Faculty of Arts. Having worked in the west end of Glasgow, I am familiar with the area, the University and the bohemian atmosphere that it creates and have a desire to be involved in this lively area that pulses with a multicultural heartbeat.
In my current profession, I work alone as part of a specialist team covering the latest products and also covering most of the central belt of Scotland. Working autonomously requires great self motivation and reliability which is coterminous with the trust in the individual shown by the management.
At school I was involved in various extra curricular activities, but the one I am most proud of was the assisted reading program that endeavoured to help younger students with a learning difficulty by improving their reading on a one to one basis. Over the past few years ,however, the window for these types of activities has been closed mainly due to the fact that my father suffered a near fatal heart attack. Helping him through the first difficult year of recuperation and rehabilitation was the catalyst needed to prompt me to take advantage of company policy and apply for a years career break in which to travel and reassess some personal goals and ambitions.
I am fairly active in any free time that I do have and enjoy various sports including playing football twice a week and cycling three times a week. When it gets to winter I enjoy snowboarding with friends over the weekend. Having done some research I am aware that the university has various clubs and associations and, if I am successful in gaining entry to the course, I will be actively looking to join a winter sports club. I love travelling which gives time to pursue my other hobby of photography. I have visited France a few times which has given me the opportunity to brush up on the little French I know, and once drove across the whole country. I have also visited Holland, Belgium, Greece, the Czech Republic and most recently on my career break spent a few months in Australia.

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What are your thoughts about Positive thinking?

Do you think that sometimes our thoughts can and will manifest into something real? Example: If you keep telling yourself "I’m not good at This or That" and keep telling yourself and then you end up not being good at that particular thing.

Was wondering if people out there believe in the role of positive thinking for everything around us.

Positive thinking works. The first place that it works is within ourselves. This then reflects with the way that we interact with others and apply ourselves. Think of it as a form of Karma. If we are positive we feel better and others feel better around us.

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Online Motivational Life Coaching Videos & Personal Development

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20 Free Videos from Online Personal Development Coach, Bonnie Bruderer. Relationships, Weight Loss, & Career. Tools and Strategies for achieving your goals.

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