Staying motivated to exercise can be challenging, according to EurekAlert!,
Science says the easiest way to remain motivated is to enjoy your exercise. University of Berlin researchers interviewed 24 adults about their exercise habits, lifestyle, and preferred activities. They found four major aspects caused people to enjoy their exercise routine: perceived competence (feelings of mastery, and winning), social interactions (team sports to simply meeting friends at the gym), sense of adventure (trying new things), and the reward of physical exertion (allowing them to distance themselves from day-to-day worries.) Study leader Darko Jekauc says, “This could be a starting point to change the focus of sport programs to finding what people love doing, with less focus on technical data like counting calories.”
Never thought about it like that, but it makes sense.