2. Imagine yourself as fit
If you want to exercise more, start viewing yourself as an exerciser. But if your routine looks more like a Netflix marathon than true participation, you may be skeptical about how you are going to convince yourself that you are an exerciser.
Imagining yourself as one may help. Retirees who saw themselves in the future as a physically active person reported a stronger physical activity identity one month later.
In a follow-up study, retirees were instructed to imagine themselves as a physically active person which led to increases in physical activity identity four, eight and 12 weeks later.
However, because similar increases in identity were found among control participants, completing physical activity and identity measures may have been all it took to generate small increases in exercise identity.