Here's how to stay motivated with your exercise routine
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Are the short-term benefits of healthy exercise more motivating than the long-term benefits? What motivates you? Is it losing weight or the fact that you are in a better mood after exercising?
Pause for a moment and think about why you exercise now or have exercised in the past. If your answer is to lose weight, you are not alone - 75% of people say that they exercise to lose weight. Unfortunately, few people who are motivated by weight loss continue their healthy exercise routine beyond one year.
Behavior change scientist, Dr. Segar, in her book No Sweat, addresses why people fail to continue with healthy habits despite the best of intentions. It's not that people aren't trying!. Dr. Segar reasons that people are more motivated to sustain a positive routine because of the short-term benefits. She uses the simple science of motivation to help people maintain fitness for a lifetime.
Immediate and noticeable short-term benefits can help you sustain behaviors, continuing them beyond one year. Dr. Seger's research implies that the short-term benefits of healthy exercise are more motivating than the long-term benefits. What do you think?
Working out does not have to involve a class at the gym, it can be simple activities that you do while you are living your daily life. Find more opportunities to move or "More OTM '' as Dr. Segar suggests. Try these OTM ideas from Dr. Segar's book:
The best motivator for exercise is joy or happiness right now. Movement does not have to be high intensity and does not mean you have to sweat. Just move and enjoy it! Find movement that brings you joy, connects you with friends, and makes you happy in the moment. What healthy exercise gives you joy?
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This content was reviewed and updated by Brenda Braslow, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES on July 5, 2022.
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