Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: Rare flesh-eating bacteria kill boy within days > Health-in-Motion 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. 0 More: Daily Dose: Rare flesh-eating bacteria kill boy within daysHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Lifestyle 7 shocking things your first period can tell you about your health Lifestyle Should you squat on a public toilet to avoid germs? Fitness 5 new rules of super strength Fitness The 10 best yoga poses for men Medical 7 celebs with rare diseases Lifestyle ‘I slept on a yoga mat for 7 days – here’s what happened to my body’ From our sponsors Managing diabetes in the workplace Back-to-school with diabetes Live healthier Effects on your brain? » 5 ways to get more seafood into your diet Mercury in fish may raise ALS risk Is it bad for your brain if you literally never eat fish? Calling all grown-ass picky eaters! Eeewwww! » ‘Why is my cough worse at night?’ SEE: When you cough, this is what happens to your body Can you get sick if someone coughs on you? The fine saliva mist emitted by a cough remains suspended in the air for up to 10 minutes.