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Simple. Don’t call it a workout! Collin Payne is a behavioral expert from Cornell University. And he says, when people think, “Oh man, what a workout!” Or “I exercised today” – they believe they did something hard and deserve a reward… which is generally a food reward. People also consider exercise something unpleasant – so getting motivated to do it is harder. But if we simply change our language, we defeat the excuses and the food binges. So tell yourself, “I can’t wait to go for a hike with my best friend.” Or “I’m just out walking the dog.” When we re-frame it positively, we’re less likely to avoid the activity – and less likely to think we deserve a reward for doing it.

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