We all know the outcome of exercising and it is definitely good for health. But according to a new study, having a positive attitude about exercising brings good advantages physically and psychologically plus, neurophysiologically too.
A study was published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine by researchers which delivered proof that, individuals could be influenced in a positive or negative way while exercising.
76 men and women (aged between 18 and 32 years) were invited by the researchers wherein they had to exercise for half an hour on a bicycle ergometer. They were separated into different groups. The participants displayed short films that either praised or failed the effects of cycling on health.
The researchers inquired the participants if they had already trusted in the positive effects of physical exercises before the test began. The participants were told to fill in the questionnaires regarding their well-being and their attitude before and after the exercise for which they could measured the participants’ brain activity through an electroencephalogram (EEG).
The results delivered evidence for a placebo outcome during exercise and the participants who already trusted that the physical activity would have created positive effects before contesting in the study enjoyed the exercise more, improved their mood more, and decreased their anxiety more than less optimistic test subjects.
Researcher Hendrik Mothes, at the University of Freiburg in Germany, “The results demonstrate that our belief in how much we will benefit from physical activity has a considerable effect on our well-being in the manner of a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
In addition, the study disclosed neurophysiological differences that participants with higher expectations before the the study began and those who had seen a film about the health advantages of cycling beforehand were more relaxed on a neuronal level.
Mothes further explained, “Beliefs and expectations could possibly have long-term consequences, for instance on our motivation to engage in sports. They can be a determining factor on whether we can rouse ourselves to go jogging again next time or decide instead to stay at home on the couch.”