Exercise motivation can be found!

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New research points to one way to develop the motivation to exercise. In a recent study, a group of older adults who were not active participated in a 9-month exercise program that involved supervised resistance-training sessions twice a week. During the program, the participants started to enjoy exercising, plan their workouts, and feel competent about physical activity. A year after completing the program, about half the group was still doing twice-weekly sessions, and the other was doing them once a week. Support and instruction can help you get your exercise wheels turning, and “just doing it” can make you want to do it. Find a personal trainer, an exercise class or program that’s suited to your fitness level, or a friend to work out with, and commit to a consistent exercise routine, working up to at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (or 75 minutes of vigorous activity) a week and at least two weekly sessions of muscle-strengthening activity. Having an ongoing fitness buddy can help you stick with your routine.

Source: Received social support and exercising: An intervention study to test the enabling hypothesis

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Posted on November 30, 2018 and filed under fitness.