Memory and Exercise

  1. A new study by researcher from the University of New Hampshire suggests that recalling past exercise experiences can motivate people to hit the gym more.
  2. “These results provide the first experimental evidence that autobiographical memory activation can be an effective tool in motivating individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles,” the researchers wrote.
  3. Researchers suggest that exercise programs that explicitly encourage participants to activate emotional memories as a motivational tool could result in longer lasting increases in exercise activities.

Source: Mathew J. Biondolillo, David B. Pillemer. Using memories to motivate future behaviour: An experimental exercise intervention. Memory, 2014; 1 DOI: 10.1080/09658211.2014.889709

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