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Work out YOUR WORKOUT

Why do some people love exercising, while for others it’s a chore? By understanding your unique psychology, you too can find the perfect activity you’ll stick to for life

Three-quarters of women in the UK would like to make time to do more exercise, so why are we struggling to keep up the habit? ‘It comes down to your athletic identity,’ says Simon Marshall, sport psychologist and co-author of The Brave Athlete: Calm Th *ck Down And Rise To The Occasion (VeloPress, £21.95). ‘You form attitudes and beliefs about roles you play, so you have an identity as a partner, an employee, a friend.

The thoughts and beliefs that you have about yourself as an athlete, and how you think other people see you, begin in childhood. People who don’t think of themselves as “sporty” go through something called identity foreclosure.

My sister is a good example; growing up I was the “sporty one” and she was the “artistic one”. By the time she was 14, she hated sport. Her identity as an exerciser stopped growing prematurely. She only found it again in her 40s as a runner.’

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Kickstart your healthy new year with our fitness issue! Inside, you’ll find our 20-page fitness special, with essential moves to master whether you’re 22 or 62, tips on how to outsmart your inner quitter, and the ultimate guide to finding your athletic identity. We explore fitness decade-by-decade, deliver the realistic guide to a better sex life, and cover star Deliciously Ella shares some honest advice about plant-based diets. Plus, our food section gets a special Veganuary makeover (think colourful 15-minute meals and box clever bento), and we reveal the natural beauty resolutions you’ll actually stick to. Find all this and more in the brand new issue of Healthy!