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Intrinsic/extrinsic influences on fitness

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    Phomolo P.
    BW
    Phomolo P.

    There are two main sources of motivation. Generally speaking, motivation can come from the outside, such as the motivation to win medals, receive financial rewards, and attract attention from the media. This is known as external, or extrinsic, motivation because it involves participation in sport for some kind of reward that is external to the process of participation. On the other hand, athletes who participate because they enjoy the process—that is, they find sport interesting, stimulating, and enjoyable without being preoccupied by external rewards—are predominantly internally, or intrinsically, motivated. Exercise 2.3 will assist you in applying concepts of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation to your own sport participation. Intrinsic motivation is closely allied to the fundamental motivation to learn and acquire new skills. The building blocks, or psychological needs, that underlie intrinsic motivation are the need to determine one’s behavior (what psychologists term self-determination), the need to feel competent, and the need for relatedness, or to have meaningful relationships with other people. When these basic needs are satisfied, high intrinsic motivation results and athletes are stimulated by their participation in sport; they strive to learn new skills and improve their performance. Many athletes and coaches ask us to identify the main difference between intrinsic motivation and self-motivation (which you assessed previously). Intrinsic motivation is about enjoyment and immersion in an activity, whereas self-motivation can involve an internal pressure to perform well, which is part of personality. Intrinsic motivation comes with a complete absence of any internal or external pressure to perform well. Most people can recall a time from their childhood when they were playing a game with friends that was so enjoyable that they were entirely engrossed in what they were doing; it didn’t matter who won the game, and the time just flew by because they were having such a great time. 2.3 Extrinsic Versus Intrinsic Motivation Reflect for a moment on what motivates you to be an athlete. Write down your ideas on a sheet of paper and study them. Most likely your list includes both intrinsic and extrinsic motives. For example, you might desire fame and fortune through your participation in sport, but at the same time, you may genuinely enjoy being involved in the day-to-day routines of training, strict diet, and competition. Such a mix of motives is typical of most successful athletes.

    Zachary B.
    US
    Zachary B.

    What are intrinsic and extrinsic influences on fitness?

    Zachary B.
    US
    Zachary B.

    What are some intrinsic and extrinsic influences on fitness?

    Rk S.
    IN
    Rk S.

    Intrinsic/extrinsic influences on fitness This resource covers factors that shape our attitudes toward fitness. It looks at the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that shape our attitudes as well as the role of the media. Intrinsic factors that influence fitness All of these factors help us to shape our attitudes toward fitness. They are factors from within us. Note that these factors are similar to the motivational factors that we looked at in the first assessment task. They often influence us to continue in sports.

    Muhammad S.
    PK
    Muhammad S.

    What are the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic influences on fitness?

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