A unique look at how our mindset and perception of how fit we are effects our overall fitness levels. This mental tweak creates a concrete view that correlates mental fitness with physical fitness.
How good of a job are you doing? If you can turn your answer into “great” then your chances of success are much higher.
- A study from the journal of Health Psychology found that people who thought they were exercising less than their peers – even if they had the exact same activity levels – had a greater chance of dying younger.
- Controlling for factors such as age, demographics and general health, the researchers found that people who believed they were less active than their peers were 71 per cent more likely to die during the study’s follow-up period, from 2006 to 2011.
- The study suggests that people who underestimate their own activity are unknowingly doing their health a great disservice. On the flip-side, those who feel good about their fitness levels may get as much benefit from their positive attitude as they do from exercising itself.
“The study seems to suggest that the health benefits of exercise may not just come from physical exertion itself, but also from the mental boost you get from thinking you are a fit person.”
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