Fitness & Health, Sport & Exercise Science

Is variety the spice of an active life?

gym-exerciseThe new year is a time of new beginnings and January often finds gyms packed with newly active adults hitting the treadmill.

Unfortunately come February, most of these new exercisers will have lost their resolve and slipped back into their old lifestyles.

But can people be motivated to turn good intentions into a lifetime of healthy habits?

Understanding exercise behaviour and the mechanisms that predict involvement in exercise is a critical issue.

A prominent line of inquiry for advancing the understanding of the amount of exercise people engage in has involved investigation of the psychosocial factors they experience in exercise contexts.

One factor that has recently garnered attention for understanding individuals’ exercise behaviour is variety.

Research published in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology indicates that varied experiences stimulate interest and reinforce learning and development.

Source: Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

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