Category Archive: Psychology of Exercise

Jan 31

The Small Plate Movement

Perception of portion size can affect your sense of satiety.

Smaller plates = smaller portions = smaller waist From his book, Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, author and the founder of The Small Plate Movement, Brian Wansink could have an extra large affect on your health. Through research, Wansink and his co-authors concluded that “larger packages in grocery stores, larger servings …

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Oct 08

Change Your Habits, Change Your Life

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It has been shown that almost half of your day’s activities are done by habit. Meaning you do them without even thinking. Many of these habits have a domino effect on how your day plays out. In his book, The Power of Habit, author Charles Duhigg shows how habits can be changed, and in turn, …

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May 17

Set Up a Ulysses Contract With Yourself to Maintain Your Goals

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This article stems from a comment made by someone [we’ll call her Sandy] in an exercise group that I am a part of on Facebook. In frustration she told us about how she could stay in line with her diet throughout the day, but then when she got home she would see everyone else eating …

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Nov 20

Thanksgiving Day Tips to Keep the Plump Where It Belongs, On the Turkey!

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Here are a few reminders to help you make it through the holiday without adding an extra belt notch! 1. Do some form of exercise before you eat the big meal. The more intense the workout the better!  Remember that exercise will increase your metabolism and allow you to burn more calories throughout the day. …

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Jul 30

Cage Your “Inner Pig Dog” And Take Control of Your Diet!

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  You walk into the staff lounge and there before you lies a buffet of bad food. It was somebody’s birthday again so of course in the center of the table is a huge chocolate birthday cake just dripping with frosting. In case you weren’t feeling cake, there is a homemade apple pie next to …

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May 27

Elimination not Moderation

For many years I had heard the old adage, just do something in moderation, in an attempt to fulfill a need or desire that might not be good for me. I even used this thinking when attempting to teach better nutritional habits. As I have come to find out through both studying psychological literature and …

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May 13

Celebration Loves Company!

In lieu of the phrase “misery loves company”, comes the title of this article. This is in reference to working out with friends, or at least establishing a network of support to staying on track with your fitness goals. I use a real-life example for this article, my mom and her friends. The “Women of …

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May 05

The Psychology of Exercise: Mind Over Fatter

Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to just picture yourself healthy and it will magically happen! I’ve read enough of those books and stories as well. That doesn’t mean you can’t use your mind to help you get healthy. Behavioral science does have some substance to it and practicality for us to use …

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May 02

The Psychology of Exercise: Mind Priming

When thinking of adopting a healthy lifestyle we often focus on the physical and educational aspects when approaching our goals. However, we are often overlooking a very powerful tool that we possess that can assist in our quest for healthy living: our brain. One of my favorite recent reads talked about the concept of mind …

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