Friday, June 22, 2012

The Right Tools for Your Lasting Fitness Routine

Motivation is the key ingredient to sustaining an exercise regimen long term, and sound investing increases positive reinforcement: a feel-good sensation that conditions you keep repeating a behavior...Self-efficacy dictates you find a gym you like that is convenient and has a crowd and staff you mesh with. You buy some decent gym clothes you feel good in and hire a qualified trainer to show you the ropes. You feel more confident as you learn and progress at the skill of lifting heavy things and putting them back down. This provides a sense of accomplishment — the feel-good sensation I mentioned earlier. This "positive reinforcement" is operant conditioning in action. Developed by B.F. Skinner in 1953, this fundamental concept of how rewards reinforce behavior is what prompts you to become a regular gym rat. more

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