August 12, 2015
Why You Should Tell Yourself "I Can!"
The power of belief is incredible. It affects your will and can help you stay motivated in the gym. When it comes down to it, nothing and nobody is able to motivate you like you can, yourself. More than just a placebo, telling yourself "I can!" is finally being recognized as a legitimate training tip. Recently published in the Medicine & Science of Sports & Exercise, results are exactly what some would expect: Yes, we can. Co-author of the study, Anthony Blanchfield, Ph.D., notes that because it's free and easy, it's a "beautiful strategy," reducing perceived effort put into the task. So to say, the way you think about your workout can change how much it feels like work! There's no reason not to believe in yourself. So next time you're in the middle of your workout and you're starting to feel the drag, don't give up! Finishing your workout could be just a little self-convincing away. Feeling better can be as easy as telling yourself to do it. Plus, once you're done your workout, you'll feel all the better for it. What sort of tips and tricks do you use at home when you need a little extra motivation to get through your workout?