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Midlife Women! "The One Exercise Motivation that Really Works" (MORE Magazine)

Monday, April 21, 2014

This piece really may help some of us! MORE Magazine, November 2008 - "The One Exercise Motivation That Really Works: An expert reveals the surprising ways we sabotage shape-ups and how you can — finally! — get motivated to exercise."

By Virginia Sole-Smith

As someone who’s spent the last 14 years studying the exercise habits of midlife women, Michelle Segar,PhD, MPH, knows a thing or two about what makes us tick when it comes to working out. Here, the 42-year-old psychology researcher at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender shares what really works for us.

Q. Where do women over 40 go wrong when it comes to fitness?

A. They exercise for the two least motivating reasons: to lose weight and to protect their health. In our study of 156 women, 61 percent reported one or both of these as their top motivators, and they did the least amount of exercise.

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Originally published in MORE magazine, November 2008.
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    I liked the article from More magazine. Thank you for the link!
    1450 days ago
    Good article! Looks like I need to retrain my brain. I have a tendency to let exercise slide, then do too much, suffer DOMS, get frustrated, let exercise slide.... And my "motivation" has been to lose/maintain weight. I like the idea of committing to 4 sessions over three weeks. I never stop and reflect on how my mood has changed or if I feel less stressed.
    1462 days ago
  • JET150

    1462 days ago
    Very interesting article, thanks for sharing!
    1465 days ago
    Interesting that the article states that the motivation that works is this: To improve your state of well-being -improving mood and reducing stress. The article states further that few women say they exercise for mental health benefits, but those women exercise more than those who stated their top reason as physical health benefits or weight loss.

    I don't know, does improving mood and reducing stress sound a little more self-interest than society would like women to be? That we should be exercising for more noble reasons?

    1465 days ago
    Hope you find the motivation you need.
    1465 days ago
    1465 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    I enjoy exercising and have learned this over the years. I like the way it makes me feel, look and is good for my overal being! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1465 days ago
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