by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

It’s really a poor long-term motivator for lifestyle change. Here’s why:

  • Money gets spent on bills, fast food, gas, and other consumables. Once it’s gone, there’s no visible reminder of the accomplishment.
  • Over time, cash incentives are viewed as part of normal compensation. The first year it’s a novelty, a chance for a few extra dollars. But then there’s not a lot of motivation to do more, and the money is expected.
by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

An independent perspective, fresh ideas, and third-party validation can help get you where you want to go faster, more efficiently, and often at a lower cost. But how do you know if you really need the help? Here are some clues:

  • You have high-priority goals that you can’t realistically meet.
  • Your program has plateaued (or declined) in terms of participation, health improvement, risk reduction, employee satisfaction, etc., and you’re not sure how to determine the cause and/or the remedy.
  • You need to “sell” an idea or programming approach, and you anticipate resistance.
by Beth Shepard   Beth's profile on LinkedIn  

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“I know I need more exercise, but I just can’t stay motivated.” In wellness, we hear this a lot  — from the people we serve, as well as family and friends; we may have even said it ourselves.

The problem, according to motivation scientist Michelle Segar, is that most people start with the wrong whys. In No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness (AMACOM, 2015), Dr. Segar offers a captivating case for changing the way we think about — and promote — physical activity.