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Positive reinforcement and habit formation can make a big difference in whether or not something is viewed as enjoyable.

From the same article as the Target pregnancy prediction[1]:

Over the next four months, those participants who deliberately identified cues and rewards spent twice as much time exercising as their peers. Other studies have yielded similar results. According to another recent paper, if you want to start running in the morning, it’s essential that you choose a simple cue (like always putting on your sneakers before breakfast or leaving your running clothes next to your bed) and a clear reward (like a midday treat or even the sense of accomplishment that comes from ritually recording your miles in a log book). After a while, your brain will start anticipating that reward — craving the treat or the feeling of accomplishment — and there will be a measurable neurological impulse to lace up your jogging shoes each morning.

[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/magazine/shopping-habits.h...

(Credit due to this r/fitness post: http://www.reddit.com/r/Fitness/comments/ptn63/how_to_train_...




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