Increase Regularity Of Workouts And Overall Fitness By Thinking About It!

Directed thinking leads to an increase in exercise performance and fitness in sedentary individuals or so say researchers. In a study which asked subjects to think about ideas that fell into either the ‘reasons’ category or the ‘actions’ category the results showed a significant difference in the physical actions taken when comparing individuals from the two groups.

Participating as a member of the ‘reasons’ category involved listing reasons why the individuals thought they should be exercising. For example, for weight loss, improved stamina or better health, while the ‘actions’ category were busy listing actions they could take in order to increase exercise performance, such as joining a gym or going for a run.

This activity took place over an eight week period, with the ‘actions’ group coming out on top. Members of this group increased the level of exercise they were taking and improved cardiovascular fitness. Bringing to mind the reasons why you should exercise on a regular basis appeared to have no effect on increasing time spent exercising.

You may be able to think your way out of an unhealthy lifestyle by actively thinking about WHAT you can change to improve your lifestyle as opposed to focusing on WHY you should.


Ten Eyck LL, Gresky DP, Lord CG, Effects of Directed Thinking on Exercise and Cardiovascular Fitness, Journal of Applied Biobehavioural Research, 2007, 12(3-4):237.

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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