What to Know About Balancing Discipline and Motivation

Fitness can be pretty helpful in maintaining one’s health and well-being, but your drive to get into diet and exercise can deplete over time. This could be due to a lack of energy in your body or perhaps some existing physical pain. Those kinds of issues can be easily solved with a heads-up to your personal trainer and a few adjustments to your fitness plan.

However, it’s an entirely different story when it’s your mental energy that’s lacking. Perhaps it can be a lack of vigor and stimulation to get you to start moving to a diet. Maybe there’s an issue with your control and regulation as well. Frequently, fitness trainers may bring up the fact of better discipline and motivation.

Although they may seem like interchangeable terms, discipline and motivation are two entirely different concepts. Discipline refers to the restraint and order that you have on your actions. Motivation is defined as one’s inspiration to carry out specific tasks. Both are somewhat related, which can help as you need both to achieve your fitness goals. Keep on reading to learn more.

Discipline Approaches

Many people have their own approaches when it comes to self-discipline. Some require a more corrective take, which would result in pushing yourself to your limits or cutting back on food more. This can be rather ineffective, though for a couple of people, as it can often discourage them from making any health-related attempts at self-improvement at all.

One step below this would be a conditioning approach. This kind of self-discipline tends to focus more on one’s mental power in committing to something. If you’re able to create a daily mindset of putting fitness first, it can make an impact as to how often you train or how well you stick to your diet. 

Motivation Types

Motivation, just like discipline, has its own variations. There are people who may feel more motivated when they’re trying to get rewarded or avoid any form of punishment. This can occur beyond fitness, as it is evident in education, work, and more. The contrast between positive reinforcement and penalizing behavior is regarded as extrinsic motivation. 

Intrinsic motivation, which is an alternative to extrinsic motivation, is often a mindset wherein the person is driven to do something because they find it personally rewarding. In the case of fitness, it is ideal for people to feel motivated to engage in diets and exercise because they understand that it benefits them, and it feels good doing so.

Balance Between Both

It can vary from person to person, but it’s definitely advised to have both at the same time. Studies show that many of those that have achieved success can integrate some disciplinary approach and motivation into their life.

If you’re seeking to better your fitness, try to mix and match to gauge what’s ideal. Most people often try to condition themselves while finding self-fulfillment and motivation in the diet and exercise they undertake, but see what works best for your unique situation. 


In summary, discipline and motivation are both quite different. They both tackle metal unrest though, so using a combination of both can help you in your fitness journey. Getting a personal trainer who can both discipline and motivate you may also be key to your development.

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