Think Positive To Boost Exercise Benefits
There’s little argument that exercise is good for you. So does it make any difference if you really believe that to be true? A study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine put this concept to the test in the University of Freiburg's Department of Sport Science.
Researchers had 76 men and women age 18 to 32 cycle on a stationary bike for 30 minutes. Some were true believers in the health benefits of exercise, and some were not. Each group watched a video praising or questioning the positive effects of training. Those who were believed that exercise was good not only enjoyed the workout more, the experience left them in better mood than the non-believers.