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Positive memories of exercise spur future workouts

Getting motivated to exercise can be a challenge, but new research from the University of New Hampshire shows that simply remembering a positive memory about exercise may be just what it takes to get on the treadmill. This is the first study to explore how positive memories can influence future workouts.

“This study underscores the power of memory’s directive influence in a new domain with practical applications: exercise behaviors. These results provide the first experimental evidence that autobiographical memory activation can be an effective tool in motivating individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles,” researchers Mathew Biondolillo, a doctoral student in psychology at UNH, and David Pillemer, Dr. Samuel E. Paul Professor of Developmental Psychology at UNH wrote.

The new research is presented in the recent article “Using memories to motivate future behavior: An experimental exercise intervention,” in the journal Memory.

The researchers examined the effects of remembering past exercise experience on college students’ subsequent exercise intentions and behaviors. Researchers asked about 150 students to recall either a positive or negative memory that would increase their motivation to exercise; other students were not asked to recall a motivational memory (the control group). The researchers then surveyed the students one week later to see if they reported an increase in exercise.

The researchers found that students who remembered a positive exercise memory reported significantly higher levels of subsequent exercise than those who were not asked to recall a memory about exercise. The researchers also found that students who were asked to recall a negative exercise memory also reported exercising more than the control group, although less than the group that recalled a positive exercise memory.

“Without explicit direction or encouragement, our sample of college students, amidst the innumerable distractions afforded by life at a large, public university, increased their reported exercise activities from their habitual levels,” the researchers said.

“From a public health perspective, identifying factors that can motivate individuals to engage in regular exercise is vital,” they said.

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    • Jerry G
    • March 17, 2014
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    whether it is American or English language??

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    • rafucho ojeda
    • March 17, 2014
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    The Word oats is not heard for me

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    • Katha Jarinprapaporn
    • March 17, 2014
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    This is help my pronunciation. Thank you so much..

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    • quang chanh Pham
    • March 17, 2014
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    thanks a trillion!!!!

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    • Jester da Hybeat
    • March 18, 2014
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    Thanks for these excellent lessons..i found this far better than what i
    learnt from english language school ^0^..always be ur fan 😉

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    • Jonathan Moreno
    • March 18, 2014
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    thanks so much Rachel, you’re just AWESOME!

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    • Aleksey Andreev
    • March 18, 2014
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    Rachel, thanks for another great video. Do you have any dedicated video on
    dropped letters like in “fav-rite”?

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    • Rachel's English
    • March 18, 2014
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    I make the TH in WITH unvoiced, unless I’m linking to a voiced TH (like
    ‘with the’), then I will make just 1 TH sound, either voiced or unvoiced.
    Usually, the middle syllable in FAVORITE will be dropped, so it’s just two
    syllables: FAV-rit.

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    • andres zuñiga
    • March 18, 2014
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    Hi rachel, to begin with I wanna thank you for your videos and seconly coud
    you tell me what a “shwa”sound is ?

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    • Thiago Farias
    • March 18, 2014
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    Rachel you should teach people how to pronounce the song lyrics, searched
    the internet and have no one to do that, and there is no one on the
    internet that can use the IPA pronunciations to better you. It would be a
    success …

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    • Michael Lee
    • March 18, 2014
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    Hi Richel, thanks for your nice videos. There are two pronouncaition
    questions I would like to ask you. (1) is th in with voiced or unvoiced? I
    know it is unvoiced as th in bath in dictionary, but I do hear some
    Americans say it like voiced as bathe. I hear you say it as unvoiced,
    right? (2) favorite, this word is very common in conversion, and I always
    hear it like the word of “favor” not the “favarite” with silent second “a”
    and stop “t”. I hear your pronounciation is like “favor” too.

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    • Claudia Quezada
    • March 18, 2014
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    Thank you! It`s an excellent video.

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    • juan antonio gallo chacon
    • March 18, 2014
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    Thanks you for the lesson, I think there are wonderful

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    • gmf414
    • March 18, 2014
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    Hi Rachel, I want to know how do you pronounce the word “associate”? Does
    it have somewhat like a z sound or what? Thanks. More power. 🙂

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    • Eugene B
    • March 18, 2014
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    running

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    • Tom B
    • March 18, 2014
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    They say the 3 best are laughing, sex and bike riding

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    • itz_me_33
    • March 18, 2014
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    running from the cops

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    • Shania
    • March 18, 2014
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    WALKING

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    • answer me darn it
    • March 18, 2014
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    lift soup cans while sitting in curls to build your arms

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    • Larry Jr.
    • March 18, 2014
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    mANUKA hONEY AT AMAZON.COM PLUS hIBERNATION DIET BOOK
    WALK A LOT

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    • criss angel FANatic
    • March 18, 2014
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    do crunches for three minutes-try not to stop- every day and then run for about 10 minutes for 2-3 weeks

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    • VillageGirl
    • March 18, 2014
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    Running/jogging and bike riding.

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    • Colorado_Answers
    • March 18, 2014
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    Walking, push ups, pull ups and any other activity you enjoy.

    BTW these all are free and require no equipment.

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