As a fitness coach, I do provide verbal encouragement, but I’ve found that it’s difficult to truly motivate people by verbal encouragement alone. However, in asking the right questions, I can usually help them find the motivation from within themselves. I believe you must know the why behind the why. Confidence, accomplishment, feeling better, having less discomfort or pain, having more energy to do fun things, and better check-ups are all contributing factors to staying motivated.
I know my clients have personalized their motivations when I see the look on their faces as they master something they previously said they couldn’t do. Any fitness coach would agree with me when I say that’s REAL motivation!