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It is like jumping off a dock into a cold lake (which seemed fun as a kid but not possible now). The trepidation while standing on the dock's edge looking at the water induces far more anxiety than actually jumping in. It is like eating chocolate. Remembering how good that chocolate tastes keeps you coming back for more. Wait… that’s not a good example. Strike that.
Muscles love to be burned by lactic acid. Skin loves to be drenched in sweat. Hearts love pumping to their utmost capacity. Physical exertion is not the problem. It’s the whining between our ears. Tapping into positive exercise memories as motivation for our next workout is like kettlebell swings for the brain.
University of New Hampshire. "Positive memories of exercise spur future workouts." Science Daily. Science Daily 17 March 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140317095837.htm>