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Which Phrase Motivates You More?

A new study suggests that women with issues with their body-image are more likely to benefit from an exercise class where the instructor emphasizes the health benefits of the workout over improved appearance, even if those women chose the class in hopes of improving their physique.

This is interesting to me as I am always trying to emphasize the fact the health, above all, is the most important aspect in getting fit. Looking good is a result of getting healthy and will come in time. However it's been my experience in the past that most of us are motivated to get fit so we can look good.

So as always I am curious what you guys think -- Which phrase used by your exercise instructor would motivate you more?


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Lavinie Lavinie 9 years
when i was in my early twenties- it was all about looking good now in my really late twenties - i realized it's all about getting fit and healthy for having a great life ahead of me... but don't get me wrong - i still want my legs to look good. ;-)
oct73 oct73 9 years
I'm motivated by vanity-- but I get more motivated in class if the instructor talks about health b/c I am feeling healthy in the moment and definitely right after a workout. Looking how I want isn't as instantaneous.
ktacce ktacce 9 years
in my muscle pump class the instructor always tells us to do calf raises to get high heel legs... which never motivates me as much as if someone were to tell me i could get runners legs, or something like that...
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
Getting and staying toned...that's my goal and is an added benefit to my vanity.
windynini windynini 9 years
I think both are very positive. When I think of someone fit, I immediately think of someone toned and thin. I think a combination of both is probably the best.
miss-ellie miss-ellie 9 years
i sound very vain but i chose "look good." i workout so i look and feel good about myself, but i also love to reap the other healthy mental and physical rewards that exercise brings.
JBlondie JBlondie 9 years
I'm vain.....looking good motivates me to work out, but after 6 years of running it ultimately is my health and life that motivate me.
Cassie Cassie 9 years
I would probably be there to look better and get more toned but while I'm there, stressing how much healthier it would be for me would probably make me work harder.
GreenSkittlesGal GreenSkittlesGal 9 years
I know it's pathetic, but the looking good gets my vote! In fact, if I could look equally good w/o working out, I would definitely stop!
beleza beleza 9 years
They both motivate me, but "let's get fit and healthy" motivates me more because then I know I'm doing something that not only will make me look good, but will also make me a healthier person in the long run.
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 9 years
I know for me vanity would only stress me out and make me overdo my workout. When my doctor tells me my lungs sound strong and my health is improving, I'm really on top of the world!
krEnElk krEnElk 9 years
i'm definitely motivated by the results i can see, like defined legs and arms, as opposed to being healthy, overall.
llendril llendril 9 years
i think 'fit and healthy' sounds a little ambiguous to me. i'd rather have a somewhat more tangible goal in mind.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
neither motivate me. i have yet to find a phrase that motivates me to move it.
syako syako 9 years
I don't take many classes, but I do take pilates and I know that when I hear my instructor tell us the benefits of pilates in the long run it motivates me to work harder or do the advanced form of the move. I'd rather be strong and healthy than *just* sexy. I believe the sexy will come with the strong and healthy and the strong and healthy will last me a lot longer. As far as individual motivation (like a run) the thing that motivates me is my competitive nature. I train hard so I can p.r. in my next race. Not so I can have hot legs...
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
Even though I exercise for the main reason of getting fit and healthy, if an instructor or trainer is telling me to do a few more of X exercise, I am more motivated by small rewards such as (your ____ will look great! You're gonna look sexy!). The long run reward just seems like an ongoing goal that you have to keep up for the rest of your life.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
the second! doing things to "look good" motivates me less than anything else because i find vanity so frivolous.
nefertiti nefertiti 9 years
I'm motivated by vanity. When I do walking lunges with weights, I always tell myself to look forward to how great my legs and butt will look in that cute mini and killer heels with all the effort I'm putting in! =)
melda melda 9 years
lets get fit and healthy!
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