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Recipe for the exercise high

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Recipe for the exercise high
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We’ve got your fitness formula: Find a workout that gives you a taste of success (as in acing a skill), community (a.k.a. social interaction), novelty (fresh sets) and even exhaustion. Researchers at Humboldt University surveyed regular exercisers who were hooked on their routines and found that the feel-good effect was triggered when these four emotional aspects were combined.

Class-hop until you check those boxes, then you’ll be naturally motivated for more, says study author Benjamin Wienke.