How You Think During Your Workout May Affect How Much You Eat Later

Beautiful female athleteWhen you’re working out, do you think of it as fun or drudgery? Is your run or gym workout a “happy place”? Or someplace you feel you simply have to be?

The difference may impact your post-workout eating habits, researchers say. Think of sweating as fun and you’ll eat better later; but if it’s just another appointment, something on our checklist of things to do, you’re more likely to “reward yourself” with something sweet.

It’s no surprise that your mind matters, but it can be amazing to what extent our thought affect our lives. And our bodies.

In one study adults who were told they were on an exercise walk ate 124% more candy afterwards than adults who were told they had taken a scenic walk. “Viewing their walk as exercise led them to be less happy and more fatigued,” lead author, Carolina Werle, professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management in France, told ScienceDaily.

The lesson? Start viewing your workouts as cool and fun. Think about how good they make you feel, how much fitter, stronger and ready-to-conquer-the-world you are! Be there because you want to be, not because you have to be.

That perspective will not only help you through the workout, but will help stave off any setbacks in your effort to live a smarter, healthier life.

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