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Heads Up, Wanting To Be Fit Won't Motivate You To Exercise

It might actually make you exercise less.

The book No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness by Michelle Segar of the University of Michigan pretty much says that if you want to be fit or healthy or to lose weight, you shouldn't make any of those your goal.

According to Segar, the goal to be fit, healthy, or lighter doesn't motivate us. In her study, she found that people who had those goals were actually the ones who exercised the least, compared to people who just worked out because they love it.

"Human beings, it turns out, are hardwired to choose immediate gratification over long-term benefits," she explains. And for most of us, our own willpower isn't enough. Our heart has to be in place too.

But how can you force yourself to like exercising if you really don't like it? Think of the runner's high, the happiness coursing through your body right after a good run. Take up a sport and focus on competing or winning. Hike with your friends to bond with them more and to enjoy the view. Whatever it is you think of, as long as it's something that makes you feel happy, latch on to it and make that the reason you step into your rubber shoes. If you love something, you'll make time for it.

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Source: Fast Company

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