It’s time to have fun with your tea towel. Working out/exercising needs to be “fun” as studies have shown that we will find “fun” elsewhere usually in for form of food!!!
Check out my tea towel video for some great tips that you can do at home to get yourself moving!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3b3LU_U8sM
Here’s a little more about Hedonic Compensation…enjoy Moving, it’s what we are made to do!!
PS – Busy Mama Detox Tip – Just another reason to add fish oil to your morning routine… Fish oil signals genes in the brain to produce a chemical that keeps Alzheimer’s disease at bay. People who take fish oil have better cognitive function as they age, relative to those who don’t take fish oil. Dietary omega-3s, especially fish oils, increase fat breakdown.
You might know the term “hedonism”, which refers to the pursuit of pleasure.
The theory of hedonic compensation suggests that if we feel like we “lose out” on pleasure in one area, we look to compensate for it elsewhere. (Thus, the thought process of “I’ve had a lousy day; I deserve a treat.”)
In 2014, researchers explored three different studies that help to show why exercise alone doesn’t usually produce weight loss.
In these studies, they found that perceiving a physical activity as “fun”, rather than “exercise” meant that:
- People chose less junk food during meals.
- People ate less candy when offered a snack from a self-serve container.
- People chose “healthy” snacks more often than “unhealthy” snacks.
In other words, because exercise is not seen as fun, people compensate by finding fun elsewhere.
What they learned
Thinking of movement as “exercise” instead of “fun” makes people get more of their calories from sugary desserts.
Participants walked 30 minutes around a university campus. Half of them were told that the walk was for exercise, and half that it was for fun. Both groups got a free lunch after their walk, with both “healthy” and “unhealthy” options.
Study #1 Results
People ate the same amount of calories. But there was a difference in the type of calories. People in the exercise group served themselves larger portions of the “junk food” options, and ate more from those portions than people in the fun category.
Thinking of movement as exercise instead of fun makes people serve themselves more candy.
In another study, a group of participants were once again asked to walk—some for exercise, and some for fun (sightseeing).
Afterwards, participants were invited to help themselves from a large bowl of M&M candies by scooping some of them into a Ziploc bag.
Study #2 Results
The people in the exercise group served themselves substantially more M&Ms (372 calories worth, on average) than the people who had done the same physical activity but with a ‘fun’ mindset (166 calories, average).
The less fun runners have in a race, the more likely they are to choose a candy bar afterward instead of a healthier option.
A third study examined runners doing a race: a relay in which people took turns running between about 5 and 7 kilometers.
Once runners had finished the race, they were asked to fill out a questionnaire about how they felt about the race, then given a choice of a snack: either a “relatively healthy” cereal bar, or a “relatively unhealthy” chocolate bar.
Study #3 Results
The runners who had the most fun during the race were also the most likely to choose the healthy snack. Enjoying the race less meant a greater chance of choosing the unhealthy snack.
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