Finding the right motivation to becoming more physically active is sometimes half the battle when starting an exercise program. And, not surprising, everyone is motivated by different things. Whether you are preparing for a special occasion such as a wedding or graduation, or you are training for a sporting event such as a running race or hiking trip, it is important that you find what you enjoy doing so that you stay motivated to continue your program.

Did you ever consider that your ‘thoughts’ could help motivate you to be more physically active? In a new study conducted by the University of New Hampshire this month, researchers have shown that by simply remembering a positive memory about exercise may be what it takes to get on the treadmill, or influence future workouts. Researchers found that “students who remembered a positive exercise memory reported significantly higher levels of subsequent exercise than those who were not asked to recall a memory about exercise.” Also interesting was the fact that the students who were asked to recall a negative exercise memory ALSO reported exercising more than the control group!

This information can be very powerful at understanding how one’s thoughts can be an effective tool in motivating oneself to become more active and adopt a healthier lifestyle. While it may have been a long time since you had a “positive” experience with exercise, it is possible to remember a time when you were more physically active ~ say swinging on the monkey bars or playing hopscotch with your friends on the playground. This study would suggest that simply by recalling these memories, you may become more physically active today and in to the future.

So, tell me, when was the last time you remember being more active?

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