Ever wondered if you could simply tell yourself you love breaking a sweat & suddenly you will?
A new study cited in Science Daily says the placebo effect plays a role in the level of strenuousness you feel during your workout.
The Department of Sport Science at the University of Freiburg decided to find out what kinds of factors influence one's perception of a unit of sport. Researchers tested almost 80 individuals who were shown a video that either highlighted the positive effects of a cycling exercise they were about to endure while another group was shown a negative video detailing the upcoming cycling exercise. Participants were also asked if they perceived themselves to be athletic or not at the beginning of the test as a baseline to determine their overall attitudes toward exercise. Finally, research participants were all given a sport-specific, brand-name compression shirt to wear during the duration of their workout.
As it turns out, participants who experienced a more positive, less strenuous workout were those who had a positive outlook and attitude regarding the exercise. This phenomenon was influenced by the video participants viewed as well as their initial perception of how athletic participants thought themselves to be. Scientists also believe that those who perceived themselves to be “less athletic” were aided further by the addition of the compression shirt.
Conclusion? Scientists believe in the power of the placebo effect when working out. Maybe it’s the positive talk and encouragement from a group fitness class or personal trainer, or the fresh new workout gear you’ve just purchased – either way, if you believe in it, your workout will be helped!
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