Self-Talk May Boost Stamina
Too exhausted to keep exercising? You might be able to talk yourself out of it. In a small study, 24 athletic young adults performed exercise machine tests. Then, 12 were trained to “self-talk” with motivational statements such as “Drive forward,” “Feeling good,” and “Push through this.” At a second test two weeks later, their time until reaching exhaustion increased by nearly two minutes, while there was no change in the 12 not trained in self-talk. The explanation? Researchers say the self-talk group apparently perceived the workouts to be less difficult: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being an easy workout and 10 an extremely hard one, the self-talk group saw a drop (from 7.3 to 6.4), but the other group did not.
Source: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, May 2014