Updating the Message to Get Americans Moving – NYTimes.com

Some of the challenges in getting people to exercise, with simple messaging not as effective as finding an activity that ‘makes them feel good.’ Particularly appropriate for post-Thanksgiving recovery!

Of course, finding an activity, and sticking to it, remains the challenge for many people. Quote:

Simply giving people an exercise prescription, like walking for 20 minutes a day, five days a week, is clearly not working. Nor are programs that claim very intense, very short bouts of exercise are all that is needed.

To encourage exercise, perhaps people should be told to find an exercise, and an intensity level, that makes them feel good, Dr. Ekkekakis said.

“People like to do things that make them feel better, and they avoid things that make them feel worse,” he added. “The idea is for them to have the motivation to exercise again tomorrow.”

Part of the challenge is that modern life, for many of us, means that exercise is an additional activity to schedule, rather than part of our work or commuting.

Updating the Message to Get Americans Moving – NYTimes.com.

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