Planning Makes Perfect

Many of us have the goal of getting fit and healthy. When thinking of those exercise goals, what’s the first thing most of us think about when we consider how to achieve them? Motivation, right? Surprisingly, motivation might not be what you need at all.

Researchers are finding that while many people are motivated to workout (i.e. they have the desire to workout and get fit), the people who actually stick to their goals do one thing very differently from everyone else. They exercise with intent. Simply by writing down a plan that said exactly when and where they intended to exercise, study participants were much more likely to actually follow through. Researchers discovered that what pulls that desire out of you and turns it into real–world action isn’t your level of motivation, but rather your plan for implementation. Deciding in advance when and where you will take specific actions to reach your goal can double or triple your chances for success.A Goal Without a Plan Is Just a Wish sign on desert road

A study in the British Journal of Health Psychology found that 91% people who planned their intention to exercise by writing down when and where they would exercise each week ended up following through. Meanwhile, people who read motivational material about exercise, but did not plan when and where they would exercise, showed no increase compared to the control group. Perhaps even more surprising was the fact that having a specific plan worked really well, but motivation didn’t work at all.

Over 100 separate studies in a wide range of experimental situations have come to the same conclusion: people who explicitly state when and where their new behaviors are going to happen are much more likely to stick to their goals.

If you live in the Las Vegas area and are looking for treatment for obesity and the illnesses that go along with it, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shawn Tsuda. He and his expert team can help find the right treatment for you.

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