Simple. Don’t call it a workout! Collin Payne is a behavioral expert from Cornell University. And he says that 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 FOOD.
People also consider exercise something unpleasant – which makes getting motivated to do it much harder. But if we simply change our language, we defeat the excuses AND the food binges. So, tell yourself something like “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 that way, we’re less likely to avoid the activity – and less likely to think it’s special enough to deserve a reward for doing it.
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