Physical Education - Motivational factors
What motivates people to participate in sport and physical activity?
First, click here to view a video of Jesse Martin discussing what
motivated him to sail solo around the world. Once you have watched the
video read over the list of motivating factors below. Begin to think about
what motivates you to participate in physical activity and sport.
You may continue in a sport because of the health and fitness benefits it
gives you, for example, increased aerobic  endurance. 
You may continue in a sport like rock climbing because of the feeling of
vertigo you get when high up on the rock.
You may continue to run or jog for the 'discharge of built up emotions, a
feeling of release' that it gives you, which is commonly called catharsis.
You may continue to play in the local football club in a country town
because of the status that it gives you within the community.
You may enjoy the level of competition that you play in. This is what
motivates you to continue playing.
Many people continue to participate in activities because it is a social
outlet, a time to relax and enjoy the company of friends and peers.
Many people use sport as a switch off and so continue to play because it
relaxes them and allows them to focus on the task at hand.
Many continue to participate in an activity because it continues to
challenge them and they feel they gain a sense of achievement each time
Some people continue to participate in order to improve their own personal
appearance. This is often the case for people who wish to lose weight and
tone or build muscles. It is often a motivating factor for people who go to
aerobics and gyms.
Many people continue in their activity because they gain some internal
personal satisfaction out of either completing a task or simply being
involved in an activity.
Can you add any motivating factors to the list?
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