Researchers from Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg (Germany) published some astonishing findings about the effects of a positive mindset toward exercise in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine this month. The researchers found that exercise had a stronger and more positive effect for those who believed that it would have a positive effect.
The researchers invited 76 men and women between the ages of 18 and 30 to come to their facilities to ride on stationary bicycles. A subset of this group was shown a video promoting the health benefits of stationary bike riding before taking part in the experiment. All participants were also asked whether they believed int eh positive effects of exercise. The researchers found that subjects who had either seen the video, believed in exercise, or both, displayed a better mood, enjoyed the exercise more, and reduced their anxiety more than those who did not.
Electroencephalogram (EEG) read-outs of the subjects also showed that the exercise-positive subjects were more relaxed on a neuronal level than those who were not.
The researchers did not find significant changes to the positive physical effects of exercise, but on the mental level, the power of positivity seems to have a significant impact.
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