The second type is affective results, or how your training makes you feel. In particular, as discussed in the preceding chapters, be mindful of how much you enjoy your training and of how your training affects your confidence. These feelings indicate the proper direction for your future training as reliably as hard pace data do, provided you trust and know how to interpret your feelings. A new movement in exercise psychology advocates a self-guided approach to regulating exercise intensity on the grounds that this approach yields better long-term outcomes than using prescribed exercise intensities based on one-size-fits-all scientific rules of effectiveness.
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David Williams at Brown University and other researchers have pointed out that people enjoy exercise most when they choose their own pace, they exercise most consistently when they most enjoy exercise, and they get the greatest results when they exercise most consistently. 6 Thus, there is no need to prescribe exercise intensity with scientifically based guidelines, and most people self-select exercise intensities that are within physiology-based American College of Sports Medicine guidelines, anyway.