The study consisted of 61 college students who did not exercise on a regular basis or exercised inconsistently.
Researchers asked some of the participants to list ideas in the "Actions" category (actions they could take to increase exercise performance - Ex: join a gym or work out with a friend).
Other participants were asked to list ideas in the "Reasons" category (why they should increase their performance in a target exercise - Ex: to lose weight or be healthier)
“Our results suggest that people who are out of shape and at risk for serious health problems may be able to think their own way out of their unhealthy lifestyle and onto the path towards better physical fitness,” the authors conclude. “It could change the way that people think about motivating themselves and others.”
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