Strength in Numbers

Here’s a fun fact for you this Monday morning.  Happy November, but the way 🙂

New research from the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise confirms that thinking about how you stack up against others during a workout can help you go harder, faster, or longer.  In the study, people were asked to hold a plank for as long as they could.  Then, half of them were told that most folks could hold their plank longer on a repeated attempt.  And viola – on average, these folks could hold their plank 5% longer.

As I mentioned in my class today, your brain will tell you to stop way before your body actually needs to stop.   If you think you can’t, you won’t and if you think you can just a little bit longer, you will.

Here are 2 things you can do that will help you “hold that plank 5% longer”  so to speak.

1.  In a group exercise class – move closer to someone that you think is stronger or fitter than you are right now and simply match their intensity through the workout.   It’s kind of like exercise-osmosis.

2.  If you are working out alone develop a mantra.  Stronger.  Faster,  I’ve got this.  I can do it. 

Now go run!

Keli 🙂


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