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A recent study found that the memories people have of PE class from their childhood impacts their attitude towards fitness as an adult.
In other words, if you had strong memories of thinking up flimsy excuses to avoid gym class, it explains why you may avoid the gym now as an adult.
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A way to combat this is to make exercise a personally enjoyable activity, you teach your brain that it's something to look forward to each week.
For some of us, physical education class was a nightmare we would like to forget. We endured the humiliation of getting picked last for teams, the embarrassment of feeling our gangly bodies on display for all to judge in the locker room. These memories leave a lasting impression on our attitudes towards exercise as an adult, a new study in the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine found. If you had strong memories of thinking up flimsy excuses to avoid gym class, it explains why you may avoid the gym now as an adult.
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The study, which surveyed participants about their emotionally-charged PE class memories, found that "childhood memories of PE are associated with [physical activity] attitude, intention, and sedentary behavior in adulthood."
Researchers surveyed more than a thousand men and women between the ages of 18 and 45 about their childhood gym class and found that it holds "remarkably vivid positive and negative memories" for the participants. For those who remembered PE class fondly, it shaped their positive views towards exercise as an adult, having "small-to-moderate associations" with the time they spent moving and exercising as an adult.
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But if you remembered being chosen last for teams as a middle schooler, you were more likely to spend more time sitting down...
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