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Fitness and motivation, science / February 23, 2017

This Study Proves You Shouldn't Believe Everything You Read

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Here at Move we're real believers in the power of science - you'll find that the majority of our articles are science backed. 

However there are sometimes when we don't agree with the science - and an example of this is this recent study from Loyola University Health System which suggests "that exercise may not be the key to controlling weight".

 

Yeah- and what?

Here at Move we're on a mission to stop people thinking of exercise as a means for dropping a few pounds, because if we don't we are all missing out on the amazing effects that exercise actually creates.

 

Not only are studies like this outdated (the study was based on American exercise guidelines of 2 1/2 hours a week of fast walking - this is a very basic plan and doesn't include much about how to tailor your exercise to your ability and challenge yourself correctly), they are also damaging and one dimensional in their suggestion that the sole pupose for people exercising is to lose weight. 

Rather than thinking about fitness as a "losing weight exercise", find a fitness related goal which allows you room to consistently grow and develop, and most importantly always focus on the immediate rewards that you get from a workout - it's been proven to be one of the most effective ways to stay motivated. 

 

The Takeaway

  • Motivation is measured by a level of emotive drive to do something and not by the measurements that can be taken afterwards
  • Happiness and the feel good factor are one of the only true by-products of exercise which is why they should be the driving force behind your motivation
  • Don't get sidetracked by dreams of weight loss, the "perfect body" or be too guided by various different studies

 

Tags: Fitness and motivation, science

Laura

Written by Laura

After 3 years of excess at uni took a serious toll on my waistline and wellbeing, I found that a love for strength training, HIIT and spin classes were key to keeping me healthy and happy. I'm at the forefront of finding out and creating awesome stuff about health, fitness and happiness for our Movers and when I'm not at work I love nothing more than pizza and prosecco in the sun with friends. What motivates me? Knowing that life is short...

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