Endorphins & Dopamine – Affects On Motivation

(Last Updated On: November 24, 2017)

 

From Siphiwe Baleka, Founder, Fitness Trucking:

In the September-October issue of RoadKing, my article focused on the connection between loneliness and hormones, specifically oxytocin. Prior to that, I wrote several articles about metabolism based upon the effects of the hormones leptin and ghrelin. This time, you’ll learn about hormones called endorphins and dopamine and their connection to motivation. When it comes to behavior and behavioral change (or lack thereof), the role of motivation is very important.

When I ask drivers why they don’t exercise, a clear majority responds that they don’t have time and/or they’re not motivated. In order to solve time problems for drivers, the 4 Minute Fit exercise plan has proven to be an excellent solution. So let’s deal with a problem that’s tougher to pinpoint—a potentially very dangerous lack of motivation.

Interestingly when I ask drivers what motivated them to enroll in my Driver Health and Fitness 13 Week Program, they frequently talk about wanting to be alive for their kids or grandkids or wanting to accomplish a particular goal.

Other times, drivers focus on fear factors such as a recent health scare like being diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea. Sometimes, a family member has died because of cardiovascular disease. Each of these testimonies produces a high amount of emotion. So, there is a linguistic connection between motivation and emotion. Likewise, there is a hormonal connection.

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