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Positive Memories Of Exercise Are Powerful Motivators To Lead Healthier Lifestyle

March 17, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers have determined that positive memories of exercising are a good way to get motivated to adopt a healthier lifestyle. The researchers asked 150 students to remember either a positive or negative memory that would increase their motivation to exercise. A control group of students was not asked to recall a motivational memory. The students were asked a week later whether they had increased the time spent exercising. Students who remembered a positive exercise memory reported much higher levels of subsequent exercise than those who were not asked to recall a memory about exercise.
Mathew J. Biondolillo et al., "Using memories to motivate future behavior: An experimental exercise intervention. ", Memory, March 17, 2014, © Informa UK Limited
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