Do you have the right motives?What makes you pry yourself away from your comfy bed to hit that treadmill at the gym or push yourself after a long day at work to squeeze in a sweat-inducing spinning class? Sure, you want to be healthy, but if you're truly being honest with yourself, chances are your top reason is to look good or to lose weight. In fact, weight management is the number one motivation for women to work out.
And yet most of us fail to reach our weight loss goals, and end up right back where we started. So what gives?
The truth: We've been working out for the wrong reasons.
Michelle Segar, Ph.D., associate director of the Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women and Girls at the University of Michigan, has spent years studying the motivations people have for engaging in exercise. Segar's research has found that working out to lose weight is actually one of the least successful ways of getting in shape.
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