Drop Down And Give Me 20 Analysis

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Drop Down and Give Me Twenty! The purpose of this paper is to analyze the brain structures and functions associated with the motivation to exercise and to evaluate the influence of intrinsic and extrinsic factors on the motivation to engage in exercise. Motivation is a psychological feature that propels an organism to action toward a desired goal and elicits, controls, and sustains certain goal directed behaviors. Motivation reinforces a behavior to reach a desired goal. According to Deckers (2010), "to be motivated means to be induced or moved into action or thought by either the push of a motive or pull of an incentive." When I think of motivation and exercise, I think about the hundreds of infomercials selling the latest and greatest exercise…show more content…
“It is clear that motivation for sport participation is linked more closely to intrinsic reasons (i.e., challenge, social recognition, and enjoyment), whereas motivation for exercise is tied to more extrinsic reasons (i.e., appearance, health pressures, stress management, and social recognition)” (2005). Numerous other studies have been conducted on the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations to exercise. Some studies have studied the importance of just intrinsic motivators and other studies have researched using just extrinsic motivators. The common finding was that both intrinsic motivators and extrinsic motivators need to be strong to keep the behavior occurring for a long period of time. Interestingly, "individuals who have extrinsic reasons for beginning to exercise may eventually develop intrinsic motivations to exercise over time because their motives have become internalized" (Maltby and Day,…show more content…
The cerebellum receives information regarding the body's position in space to produce the coordinated movements necessary for performing exercises. The medulla oblongata helps regulate blood pressure and the heart beat while a person exercises. The cerebral cortex allows a person to consciously interpret the environment and remember the motor movements necessary to ride a bike, swim or participate in other activities. The primary motor cortex also communicates with other brain parts to coordinate and activate desired sequence of muscle movements. Lastly, the hypothalamus regulates changes inside the body during exercise. In conclusion, there are many factors involved with exercise and motivation. Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation encourage a person to want to exercise either by internal or external reinforcers. A person’s heredity and environment also play a role in the motivation to exercise. The largest factors that most people do not consider are the amazing split second actions that different parts of our brain perform so that we are able to

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