I'm not making this up. A recent study published in the Journal of American College of Sports Medicine concluded that self-talk significantly reduces the rate of perceived exertion and increases endurance performance. So, in really simple terms, talking to yourself during a workout makes it feel easier and allows you to do more. Cool, right!? The study conducted cycling tests among 24 people. Participants were asked to cycle at 80% of their maximum output for as long as possible. After two weeks off and training in strategic self-talk participants hopped back on the bikes and put their new positive affirmations and mantras to the test. Guess what? They all significantly lengthened their time on the bike while cycling at the same output level. So...the next time you're in a spin class and you feel like you're going to die, or when you're struggling on mile 11 of your half marathon, find a mantra and repeat it to yourself. So go ahead, cheer yourself on - if it gets you through that extra mile, makes your legs feel lighter and pushes you a little further than before, it's totally worth the stares you might get. It's 2013 people - everyone will just assume you're talking on your bluetooth anyway.
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