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How memories may motivate your future workouts

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By Jenna Bergen Southerland for Prevention

PreventionSimilar to how thinking about a good restaurant makes you want to eat there again, recalling a workout win—like that time you hiked to a gorgeous view or finished your first 5K—may inspire you to get moving, according to a recent study published in the journal Memory.

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire had more than 200 people complete two surveys. The first one included questions on a wide range of activities including exercise, and finished by asking half of the participants to describe a positive or negative experience that might increase their motivation to exercise. Eight days later, they filled out a second questionnaire that asked about their exercise sessions in the intervening week.

Keep reading to see how the memory of a great workout can be the ultimate motivator… 

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