Don't get behind in fitness - it's a matter of motivation

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 November, 2011, 12:00am


101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy
Rating 9/10

'Does it really matter if I put my run off until tomorrow?' That's a thought I can certainly identify with.

I had tapped 'Surprise me' on the 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy app and turned up tip 19: 'Fake it till you make it... act as if your commitment were unwavering.' Underneath the tip you can tap to learn more, and I soon found myself engrossed in an article written by a cognitive psychologist discussing how unconscious 'mental frames' can sabotage our good intentions.

The article spoke loudly to me, and I realised that I did carry a saboteur of my own, a sneaky little voice that tells me that an extra day doesn't really matter since I'm not a serious runner.

Of course, one day leads to another, and before you know it, you're even further from your goal. Acting as if my commitment is unwavering, and that I am an athlete, may well be the tool to disarm my unwanted passenger.

Most of us do need an external motivator or two to deal with these inner voices. Sometimes it's the 'fat me' picture on the fridge. For others it's the motivation bounding out of a personal coach or the threat of team disapproval for not showing up.

This app can be used on its own or with any of the above and is a fun way to fill your head with some motivational messages, facts and figures on a daily basis.

Unlike so many other message-a-day apps, the information is quality stuff. The app's creators, Experience Life, make a good job of being 'your antidote to all the fuss and nonsense that dominates the vast majority of health and fitness publications'. They claim that being healthy is a revolutionary act, and this talk in itself is motivating.

You can pick up the core tips while offline, but you do need an internet connection to read more of the associated articles. The app is attractively laid out, and you can choose to browse through the messages, or be surprised.

The 101st tip is probably the simplest to achieve: 'Pass this app on.' It is my pleasure to do so.