If you're a veteran exerciser, there's a question a lot of people have for you: What motivates you to exercise? This is a simplistic view, of course, but it often seems like there are two types of people in the world: Those who exercise and those who don't. Those who do can't fathom why other people don't. Meanwhile, those who don't have no idea what drives those who do.
Confusing, I know.
I've been trying to answer this question since I started working at About.com (13 years ago, if you can believe that) and there have been some interesting studies done to try to figure out what makes exercisers tick. I wrote about some of this in my recently updated article, The Psychology of Exercise, discussing some of the questions experts have about what drives us to exercise.
Questions like: Does age make a difference in why we exercise? And does aerobics give women more satisfaction with their bodies than yoga? The answers to these questions are interesting, but the only way to find out is to take the psychology of exercise quiz to test your knowledge about the mental side of exercise. Or, you could just read the article, but that would be cheating, wouldn't it?
And, please leave a comment if you have any thoughts about this. What keeps you exercising? If you don't exercise, why do you think you struggle with it while others don't? Leave a comment and tell us what you think.