It’s fairly obvious to almost everyone that exercise is beneficial for our health. But while that is true, many of us can’t help but acknowledge the other, “darker” side of working out. It’s hard, it’s dirty and it’s time-consuming.
Especially when you’re in heat, exercise is very taxing on you, and body doesn’t seem to be helping you one bit — to counteract the heat, you body makes the blood circulate away from your muscles and brain, making you exhausted much sooner.
But could it be that you can fight this just by putting yourself in a different mindset? Psychologically, we are able to adapt to certain changes in our lives that make them impact us less, but could the same techniques be used in exercising?
The study in question tested 18 professional cyclists. 9 of which had to train in their normal setting, while the other 9 received motivational training and some positive thinking lessons.
After two weeks, the scientists asked them to retake the challenge, and while the first group saw absolutely no change in their performance, the other group, one which was provided with the psychological tools of doing so, reported as much as 25% increase is stamina, proving that they were able to sustain much more physical strain just by the sheer power of will.