Get up and keep trying.
Someone busier than you is running right now.
Sweat, smile, repeat.
Chances are, you see these (or similar) sayings often. Motivational quotes are everywhere—from your Twitter feed (I’m looking at you, #MotivationMonday) and Instagram to fitness apparel, pillow covers, and wall decor.
However, there is little research on if or how motivational quotes get us off the couch and into the gym. Jordan Miller-Zielger, a PhD student at the University of Oregon who works in the Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab, studies how motivational factors and neural systems influence goal pursuit. Long-time personal trainer Blanca Grinkovitch also shares her findings on motivational strategies.
Miller-Zielger explains that while there is no research specifically about the effectiveness of motivational quotes, related research can shed some light.
Here’s what you need to know:
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