BLOG POST #4
Stress is a big source of intrinsic motivation for my engagement in fitness this semester. During this pandemic, it has been really hard to keep myself on track with my school work and other daily responsibilities. I have been less motivated to get up and move and keep myself active because the pandemic forced me to stay inside. That has stressed me out a lot because I have felt my body change. That stress then accumulates with school stress and it becomes too overwhelming. I find myself relieved and less stressed when I have my fitness life. I want to use that intrinsic motivation to workout again, because of the big emotional hit the pandemic took on me.
Using the SMART goal tactic, a fitness goal of mine is to get back into my workout routine. I want to truly create a healthy habit to workout daily. I plan to specifically start a bit slow and then increase as the weeks go by. I plan to workout 3 days a week for three weeks. I would then increase to 4 days a week for 3 weeks, and so forth until I reach working out for 6 days a week. By the end of the semester, I plan to be working out daily for 6 days a week. This goal is timely and realistic because it is a slow increment that has started this week and will be reached by the end of the semester. It is attainable because I will write it out in my calendar.
My relapse plan would be made up of a very similar process just in a shorter amount of time. To get back to the routine, I would start working out 3 days a week for one week, then the next week I would do 4 days a week for one week, then 5 days a week for 1 week. I would eventually reach 6 days a week. Once I reach that routine, I will actively try and stay between those 5 and 6 days a week for 2 weeks, and after that maintain the 6 days a week. I plan to always update my calendar to keep track of my past routine and future ones. This way it is easier for me to identify when I have a relapse moment and when I am doing well so that I can reward myself.
To improve my self-efficacy, I want to be nice to myself but disciplined enough to get myself going again. I don’t want to fall into comparing myself to others to get myself back on track or anything like that. I will reward myself at the end of the week by allowing myself to buy a new item for my closet or make a pastry for myself. I love shopping and I love to bake so if I am consistent with myself, I can treat myself and by doing so, it will increase my enjoyment. I will have created that extrinsic motivation that if I stay consistent I can get rewarded. I would also minimize my social media use because I tend to compare myself and that leads to me losing motivation. If I lose motivation I then fall out of my routine. Thus, I truly want to be nice to myself throughout this journey. I want to talk great to myself, reward my efforts, and minimize any temptation to compare myself.