If you look up the word ‘exercise’ in the dictionary it reads:
noun: activity requiring physical effort, carried out especially to sustain or improve health and fitness.
The idea of improving your health and fitness is always a good one but with America’s obesity rate at 38 percent for U.S. adults and 17 percent being teenagers, it is apparent that not enough people are excited about the word.
Cornell University Food and Brand Lab decided to hold an experiment where they switched up calling workouts “exercising.” In one study 46 adults went for a 2-kilometer walk. Half were told it was an “exercise walk” and half were told it was a “scenic walk.” At a mid-afternoon snack, the “exercise” walkers ate more than twice as many M&Ms as the “scenic” walkers, or 206 additional calories. In another test, the “exercise” group ate 35% more chocolate pudding at lunch.
What resonated with me about this experiment, and I have noticed with most of my clients, is how important it is to think of a physical activity as fun. Think of it as having time to do something positive for yourself…not having a chore to complete.