Building Muscle: The Best Way to Get (and Stay) in Shape

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As the saying goes, old habits die hard. According to a new study at Iowa University, the same might be said about a health and exercise habit. Sure, lifting heavy weights is good and all, and we are all about getting in that extra set or rep, but new findings show that the habit of going to the gym in the first place might be more important than what you actually do while you’re there. 

According to the study, “The trick is making exercise a habit that is hard to break.” 

We know, easier said than done, but assistant professor of psychology at Iowa State, Alison Phillips, suggests that you create cues in order to help increase your frequency of gym trips. She also suggests that the action of going to the gym is more important than what you do when you actually get to the gym. 

“Regardless of the type of exercise you’re going to do on a particular day, if you have an instigation habit, you’ll start exercising without having to think a lot about it or consider the pros and cons,” Phillips mentions in the study.