by Jona Leo, Director of Wellness

For the majority at large, the last year was possibly the least physically active
year of our lives. For many residents at Dow Rummel Village the restrictions, possible
quarantines, and self-imposed isolation have ushered in a sedentary lifestyle. This

lack of activity can be detrimental to your health, especially in those advanced in age.

The January 1st date typically kicks off the “New Year, New You” type of campaign
with people tightening up their shoelaces with the best of intentions. Unfortunately,
that motivation is short-lived for the majority of people. Why is that, and how can we
help you become successful? There are a hundred potential excuses;
however, motivation is one of the main reasons we take action.

There are two basic types of motivation:

1. Intrinsic motivation (only permanent kind of motivation) is found within
individual, based on attitude. This type of motivation is internally fulfilling,
interesting, or enjoyable without expecting a reward or recognition from others.

2. Extrinsic motivation is considered temporary and classified as short term
motivation. This external force is driven by the opposite — externalities, such as
the promise of more money, good grades, positive feedback, or a promotion.

Regardless of its type, motivation is still essential to get you moving, improve,
excel, and put that extra effort when you feel like you don’t have a single drop of
energy left to keep going. We’ve established that you must be intrinsically motivated
to be successful long ter

m, but how can we nurture this type of motivation?

1. Develop self-efficacy. This theory of self-efficacy is a belief in whether we can
achieve the goals we set for ourselves. People with high self-efficacy are more likely
to put extra effort into what they do. If you are uncomfortable with exercise and types
of training available, we are here to help!! Please contact the Wellness Office for
more info as to how we can help you grow!!

2. Link your actions to a greater purpose (aka find your “why”); when creating a
“why,” it means that you need to be clear to YOURSELF on why you do what you do.

3. Don’t wait until you “feel like it”. According to the Harvard Business Review, the
phrases “I can’t make myself go to the gym” or “I can’t get up early” means we don’t
feel like it. There is nothing that physically prevents us from doing those things, apart
from our laziness.

Now that I’ve thoroughly bored you with motivation jargon, what are you going
to do about it? Let’s renew that commitment to a better, more active lifestyle so can
enjoy life to the fullest!! We are all in different places physically, so don’t let excuses
stop you from engaging in 2021!! Find your “why” to take care of your physical health,
such as improved balance to keep you safer, more energy to become socially
engaging, improved endurance to go shopping (when that day comes), or reduce
arthritis to make the day brighter. Make the commitment in 2021 and leave it the
“how” to our Wellness department!!

Stay Strong,
Jona Leo