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To Jump-Start Your Exercise Routine, Be Mindful

https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/18/how-mindfulness-can-jumpstart-our-exercise-routines/

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To Jump-Start Your Exercise Routine, Be Mindful
By now, many of us, beset by bad weather and declining motivation, are struggling to maintain our New Year's exercise resolutions. But a timely new study offers encouragement, suggesting that by paying more attention to the experience of exercise itself, even the most reluctant of exercisers might begin to find pleasure in movement.

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Mindfulness defined

Mindfulness has become quite a buzzword and its meaning at times can be loose and subjective.

Mindfulness can be defined as a deliberate and controlled awareness of the present moment.

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Mindfulness and exercise

Researchers pointed out that mindfulness does not affect people's interest in exercise. Mindfulness affects exercise indirectly by boosting satisfaction because one feels satisfied when you are engaged in a positive experience. 

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While popular, researchers say there is a serious lack of evidence to back up mindfulness apps, even though they are increasingly perceived as proven treatments for mental health. 

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