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04 September 2017

Exercising feels less strenuous if you’re convinced that it’s good for you.

Exercising feels less strenuous if you’re convinced that it’s good for you. German researchers recently got 78 volunteers to ride stationary bikes for half an hour to test this hypothesis. Before starting, participants were shown short films that either emphasised the health benefits of cycling or downplayed them. Those in the former group tended to find the session less strenuous, especially if they considered themselves to be quite athletic to start with. Which goes to show that a positive attitude can make even the most energy-sapping workout more enjoyable.

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