Wish You Were More Motivated to Work Out? (Try This)

Have you ever planned to work out but just couldn’t get motivated? Or forced yourself to exercise but it just felt like a tedious chore?

You know exercise is critical for good health. And you have every intention of keeping yourself healthy. But it can be hard to work yourself up to get in a good workout.

But imagine if you could flip a “magic switch” and automatically turn on your motivation… Where you not only find yourself going to the gym easily and consistently, but you truly enjoy it… And even look forward to it! 

Thanks to some groundbreaking research, that could be your new reality. Because the answer to flipping this script from chore to joy may already be inside you.

Your Personal Motivation and Reward System

Your body has a built-in system that drives your motivation and fuels your brain with joyful mood boosts. It centers on a neurotransmitter called dopamine, aka: your “reward” chemical.(1) And while it’s best known for making you feel pleasure and ramping up your drive and enthusiasm, dopamine is also involved in lots of other functions including:(2)

  • Memory
  • Mood
  • Attention
  • Learning
  • Movement
  • Sleeping and waking
  • Behavior

Dopamine plays an important role in survival. Scientifically speaking, it rewards us for doing things people need to do to survive: eat, drink, reproduce, etc. 

When you’re doing something that feels good, dopamine activates and floods your brain with pleasure signals so you’ll do that thing again. And when your body is producing and using dopamine optimally, you’ll feel happy and motivated. 

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Healthy Guts Boost Motivation 

If all paths to getting and staying motivated lead through dopamine, that begs the question: How do you optimize your body’s dopamine production? The answer, it turns out, is in your gut.

Around 50% of your dopamine supply is produced by your gut microbiome.(3)

New research shows that the gut microbiome – the trillions of bacteria in the gut – plays a key role in dopamine production and activation. 

In one groundbreaking study on the impact of dopamine and motivation to exercise,(4) researchers looked at mice voluntarily running on treadmills. The mice who got tired quickly and spent less time running had unbalanced gut bacteria. The mice who ran the longest had healthier guts… and more dopamine production rewarding their brains for doing exercise. 

Fascinatingly, certain gut bacteria activate dopamine signaling that triggers a sense of pleasure and reward from exercise and prolonged physical activity. Without those beneficial bacteria, there’s just no motivation to work out… and no enjoyment when you do. 

So clearly, your gut bacteria is a crucial part of the picture, but that’s not all. Gut bacteria ALSO help your body maintain the right amount of dopamine it needs.(5) In fact, your bacteria assist in creating dopamine while simultaneously producing enzymes that break down dopamine and make it usable. 

Plus, your gut bacteria make sure your brain gets the message that dopamine is accessible and ready to distribute throughout your body. That’s because your gut microbiome communicates with your brain over the gut-brain axis, a two-way pathway that sends messages back and forth.(6)  

But here’s the thing: When your gut is full of the wrong bacteria… or not enough of the right bacteria… those messages get garbled. And dopamine production and utilization can drop off dramatically.

Gut Imbalances Decrease Dopamine Function

A healthy gut microbiome is full of a diverse population of beneficial probiotic bacteria. But it’s very easy to knock that microbiome out of balance. A single course of antibiotics… a junk food diet… a stressful day… any of those can create an unbalanced gut, a condition called dysbiosis.

When your gut is in a state of dysbiosis, harmful pathogens outnumber beneficial probiotics. The harmful bacteria don’t support normal dopamine production.(7) In fact, dysbiosis is known to do quite the opposite. Studies even show that dysbiosis can worsen or cause neurodegenerative conditions linked to dopamine deficits (like Parkinson’s disease).(8)

So if you’ve been feeling unmotivated and having a hard time feeling pleasure, it’s time to have a look at what’s going on in your gut.

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How to Maintain Balance In Your Gut

Getting and keeping your gut microbiome in healthy balance takes two important steps:

Step 1: Send in a fresh supply of helpful bacteria. 

One of the quickest ways to crowd out the bad bacteria is by sending in some probiotic reinforcements. Unfortunately, taking any old probiotic won’t do the trick here. It takes a particularly hardy type – spore probiotics – to quickly transform your gut microbiome. 

Strains like Bacillus subtilis HU58™ naturally produce defensive compounds that chase away unwanted bacteria. Bacillus coagulans, another powerful spore probiotic, promotes healthy growth of a wide variety of beneficial bacteria. 

Another benefit: Spore probiotics have a unique protective casing that helps them survive stomach acid and other hazards. And unlike “regular” probiotics that need to be refrigerated, spore probiotics easily withstand the high temperatures of your digestive tract. And, some strains of spore probiotics are so resilient, they can survive past your stomach acid unharmed and make it to your gut 100% alive and ready to go to work.

Step 2: Nourish probiotic bacteria with targeted prebiotics. 

To support a flourishing probiotic population in your gut microbiome, you need to nourish them with prebiotic fiber – their preferred food. But not any old prebiotics will do. Specific prebiotics such as FOS (fructooligosaccharides)(9) and GOS (Galactooligosaccharides)(10) support beneficial bacteria and increase diversity for a healthy, well-balanced gut microbiome.

Taking these two simple steps can keep your gut microbiome in optimal shape, providing the support your body needs for optimal dopamine production… so you can feel motivated and happy.

Get Motivated With Just Thrive

You want to be healthy… and exercise is an important part of that. Helping yourself stay motivated will go a long way toward meeting your health and fitness goals.

And so will keeping your gut microbiome in healthy balance, full of dopamine-supportive beneficial bacteria.

You can keep your microbiome balanced with Just Thrive Probiotic and Precision PREbiotic

Just Thrive Probiotic contains four clinically studied strains of spore probiotics including:

  • Bacillus subtilis HU58™
  • Bacillus clausii
  • Bacillus coagulans
  • Bacillus indicus HU36™

Precision PREbiotic contains a blend of clinically-test prebiotics:

  • Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)
  • Galactooligosaccharides (GOS)
  • Xylooligosaccharides (XOS)

This two-step plan can help support and nourish a healthy gut microbiome… and keep you feeling great and going strong. 

Try Just Thrive Probiotic and Precision PREbiotic today to keep yourself motivated, happy, and healthy… And when you bundle both together – with the Just Thrive Core Health bundle –  you’ll save 15% off the retail price!

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We’re betting you’ll love how you feel… But if for any reason you don’t feel a difference, you can ask for a full product refund at any time… Whether it’s been 3 months or 3 years later. Even if the bottle is empty! 

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