Good Health (Australia) - - Be Energized -

Our ini­tial per­cep­tions to­wards ex­er­cise form when we’re young and are gen­er­ally based on ob­serv­ing our par­ents, school­friends or other role mod­els. These are then re­in­forced as we grow. “We tend to take on in­for­ma­tion that’s con­sis­tent with our val­ues and be­liefs,” says Leanne. “If we grow up think­ing that gyms are full of judge­men­tal peo­ple, then we’ll tune in to in­for­ma­tion (and even ex­ag­ger­ate things) so that we get to be right. Sim­i­larly, if play­ing sport was not some­thing your par­ents and fam­ily val­ued, a neg­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ence will con­firm that. But, if your fam­ily val­ued sport, it’s more likely that a neg­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ence won’t put you off.”

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