Positive Push

Positive workout memories are the key to your next killer training session, according to new research.

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We know how busy you are—and we know how tough it is to get pumped to hit the gym after a super long day at the office. Instead of bailing on your workout, get positive. Simply recalling a really awesome work out can fuel you to hit the gym, according to a study published in the journal Memory.

Researchers asked about 150 undergrad students to recall either a positive or negative memory that would increase their motivation to exercise; other students were not asked to recall a motivational memory (the control group). Eight days later, they surveyed the students to see if they reported an increase in exercise. They found that those who remembered a positive exercise memory reported significantly higher levels of subsequent exercise than those who didn’t take a trip down memory lane. Interestingly, students who were asked to recall a negative exercise memory also reported exercising more than the control group, although less than the group that recalled a positive exercise memory.

 

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