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A Mood Boost and Some Competition Offer Incentive to Exercise More

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  • Most people realize that exercise is necessary for health and longevity. The challenge that prevents many from implementing a regular fitness regimen is lack of or inconsistent motivation
  • Competitiveness tends to improve motivation and fitness gains. People who were primed for competition ended up participating in 90 percent more exercise classes than those who weren’t
  • Other studies have shown that part of what keeps people motivated is teaming up with someone of greater ability — someone who can motivate you to do more rather than give you excuses to slack off

By Dr. Mercola

Those who succeed at maintaining good health into old age typically have one thing in common: They've made regular exercise a part of their day-to-day lifestyle.

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