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A pair of students are running on treadmills in the Gates Center fitness studio.

The lie that Americans tell themselves about exercise

When asked in polls why they don't exercise, roughly half of Americans invariably state that they are "too busy" or "don't have the time" Whether witting or unwitting, this is a lie.

In fact, four out of five of us say we feel "generally happier" when we stick to a regular exercise routine. So we want to work out, and working out makes us happy, yet we don't work out.

Do we lack free will? Of course not. Recognizing this perceived powerlessness as nonsense is the first step towards regaining control of our lives, writes Purdue University Fort Wayne behavioral scientist Michelle Drouin.

Read the article in the Fairfield Sun Times.