How to Think Like a Fit Person
Why: Despite the fact that sticking to an exercise routine has benefits for your long-term health that's not going to get you into the gym day after day. Research from Michelle Segar, PhD, a behavioral sustainability expert at the University of Michigan, found that the thing that keeps people moving is an immediate benefit: an endorphin-fueled YAWP! or a post-yoga reassurance that everything's gonna be all right. People value healthy living—in theory, says Segar, but when she has followed up with exercisers over time, those who felt they got noticeable perks (like stress relief) from their workouts exercised 20 percent more than those who said that their goal was to stay healthy, and 32 percent more than those who said they worked out to lose weight.