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How work­out self­ies can in­spire you to con­quer new fit­ness peaks

Men's Fitness - - Mf Promotion -

Usain Bolt af­ter his gold medal win at Lon­don 2012, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ John­son psych­ing him­self up for a work­out, Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Chris Pratt bare-chested in front of the mir­ror – self­ies have been be­come com­mon prac­tice for doc­u­ment­ing amaz­ing train­ing re­sults. But although it’s still not a great idea to stop your ses­sion to take one, self­ies can help mo­ti­vate you and your friends to reach your fit­ness tar­gets.

That’s ac­cord­ing to re­search from the Uni­ver­si­ties of Sus­sex and the West of Eng­land, which found when gym-go­ers see pic­tures of mus­cu­lar male mod­els they re­port an in­crease in mo­ti­va­tion. This re­in­forces sev­eral other stud­ies that have shown record­ing and mon­i­tor­ing your progress – with pho­tos, apps that record your daily steps or sim­ply by log­ging the weights lifted in your work­outs – helps keep you on track to achiev­ing your fit­ness goals.

Now Men’s Fit­ness has teamed up with GymShark, one of the world’s lead­ing in­no­va­tors in fit­ness wear, to en­cour­age you to show­case your train­ing ses­sions. ‘We want to see you work­ing out, whether that’s at the gym, at home or in the park,’ says Lewis Mor­gan of GymShark (gymshark.com). ‘It’s strictly about ex­er­cise, so no food or drink pho­tos – just pic­tures that will in­spire and mo­ti­vate you, your friends and any­one look­ing to get fit­ter.’ So get cre­ative, get snap­ping and use your #HealthySelfie to mo­ti­vate your­self and oth­ers to new fit­ness heights.

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