"Soup of the Day"...just got serious!
You know what I’d like you to do today: something exercise or activity based that just feels good. We are intrinsically motivated to do something because the work or process itself is rewarding, interesting, enjoyable. We’re more likely to repeat an activity, form a habit if it feels good, it’s fun, and it’s what you want to do. That’s what intrinsic motivation is all about: ensuring what you are doing fosters a sense of fulfillment, competence, and autonomy. Science would tell us, people who are intrinsically motivated to exercise are far more likely to make exercise a life long habit. Good to know.
When you’re extrinsically motivated your goals are focused on the outcome. You’re driven to complete your workout because you want to be fitter, stronger, more toned, faster, thinner. And you’re far more focused on the numbers: How many sets, how many minutes, hours, how heavy, how much power, how far, how fast…
These are hardly bad things to focus on. Remember, intensity matters! And you best gauge intensity with measurement! Numerical goals will push you to go a little further, and often that little bit further is exactly what you need to get results. And results matter. They – like intrinsic motivation – will support a lifelong commitment to exercise.
However, too much focus on the outcomes – both physical and training based – can lead to significant decreases in intrinsic motivation. That is, the more you focus on need for the body to look and perform a certain way, and the more you focus on the kilometres you must cover and the pace you must endure, the more you tend to lose sight of the pleasure and fun of the activity. Maybe that doesn’t really matter for you. But for many of us, losing sight of the “other side” is a slippery slope that can lead to burn out and frustration. This is especially true when we get injured, or if, as we get older, our body refuses to perform the way it once did. The “other side” also means we focus on and celebrate the effort and hard work. If you pushed as hard as you could for that one workout, you have every right to feel awesome and accomplished. It shouldn’t matter that you did 5 instead of 6 sets. Or generated an average 282 instead of 290 watts.
Listen: I’m all about pushing your limits and suffering a grind or two because it feels good afterwards; because I know it will make me stronger. But I’m also careful to avoid getting too obsessed about the numbers. I love to run. But when I obsess over how far and how fast I can’t go (because I just can’t anymore) the running loses all it’s shine, and just makes me feel crappy. Conversely if I decide I want to cover a specific distance because it’s a beautiful new route I want to explore… and it doesn’t matter how long it takes, or how often I have to walk… that’s a completely different run.
I guess what I’m trying to say is try to ensure you allow for both types of motivation. Take moments to enjoy your activities. Be open to finding new ones that might be really fun. Don’t worry if it isn’t as intense as the other stuff you’re doing. Variety is good for your mind, and exceptionally good for your muscles and joints. Life is long in many ways, and we only have one body. Yes, results are important. Just try to remember enjoying yourself is a result too.
Inspiration of the Day
“Questions are often more effective than statements in moving others.” – Daniel H. Pink, DRiVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Classes of the Day
We’ve got TWO more classes on the schedule today!
TNT with Lori
Start your morning off right with this workout, full of high intensity intervals designed to leave you as a lean, mean, fat burning machine. The exercises will be different from last week’s class, keeping your body challenged!
Join Lori at 7:00am (45 minutes) from your very own living room.
Click here to join the class.
Meeting ID: 842 3730 2549
HIIT with Lauren
Your lunchtime just got a whole lot better! Today, you can join Lauren for her HIIT class that incorporates cardio and strength exercises to get your muscles burning and heart pumping in no time!
Recommended equipment for today: pillow & weights or weighted object (backpack with books, laundry detergent, etc.)
Join Lauren at 12:00pm (45 minutes) from your living room.
Click here to join the class.
Meeting ID: 880 8393 0882
If you have any questions about our virtual classes, please reach out to Lauren.
Trainer Moves of the Day
Sore, tight shoulders?
Check out this great shoulder mobility and strength workout taught by Eric Bols, Personal Trainer at the Toronto Athletic Club.
If you have any questions about these moves, please reach out to Eric directly.
Bite of the Day
Turns out Martha Wright, Executive Chef at Stratus, is also a baker now and then…
The Neiman Marcus $250 cookie
As urban legend has it, a woman and her daughter had lunch at Neiman Marcus one day, and for dessert they had the cookie plate. They loved the chocolate chip cookie so much they asked if they could have the recipe. The server said that could buy the recipe for two-fifty. They felt that was a fair price, and agreed to purchase the recipe. As legend goes, she received her bill a month later and in fact she was charged two hundred and fifty dollars! When she called the customer service department, she was informed that was indeed the price, and the company refused to refund the amount. She in turn replied that if that was the case, she now owned the recipe that she could do with it whatever she pleased.
As this is indeed an urban legend, I was always skeptical as to really how amazing these cookies are, until I baked them a few days ago. They quite simply are the best chocolate chip cookie I have had. Good enough to potentially be featured on the Stratus Dessert menu.
Be warned, they will not last long.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups oatmeal
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 6 ounces chocolate chips
- 1/2 of a 4-ounce milk chocolate bar
- 3/4 cups chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
Heat oven to 375oF.
Cream together butter and both sugars. Stir in egg and vanilla.
Finely grind oatmeal in a blender or food processor. Combine the oatmeal, flour, salt, baking powder and soda in a medium bowl, and slowly add it to the wet ingredients. Beat just until combined. Grate chocolate bar using a microplane grater and add it, along with chocolate chips and nuts to the batter. Mix just to combine.
Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes.
Makes about 24 cookies.
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