Working out sucks — we hate it. But it’s going to play a big role in our lives now that we’re adulting and we love to eat.
We get fat when we don’t take care of our bodies. We need to learn to discipline ourselves with healthier options and activities such as exercising and going to the gym. There’s just one thing: no one really likes going to the gym.
Yes, it gets you back in shape and healthier, but you can’t deny how hard it is to get yourself out of the comforts of your bed to go and run on the treadmill for 15 minutes, do pilates and other exercises for an hour, and zumba all the way back home.
But you don’t have to dread leg day or arm day or whatever you call going to the gym is because science has answers to making your workouts more enjoyable.
Elite Daily cites:
“The research, which was done at Ulster University in Northern Ireland and Swansea University in Wales, looked at 24 individuals — including both men and women — who were experienced, recreational runners. The researchers asked them to complete four six-minute runs on a treadmill. For the first run, they were asked to genuinely smile the entire time. For the second, they were ordered to frown for the full six minutes. The third approach required the runners to simply relax their upper bodies, and the final approach had the runners follow their own normal, go-to techniques that they like to use when they run (that last approach served as the controlled part of the experiment).”
“Though the results were varied overall, smiling while running ultimately yielded the best workout results,” it added.
The New York Times reports that when the smiling expressions of these participants became “unnatural” and strained, there were fewer facial muscles that were active, giving the participants less relaxation in their bodies.
Elite Daily adds, “So the bottom line is, if you’re trying to improve the quality of your workout by plastering a smile on your face, you need to do so strategically. For example, maybe try listening to your favorite comedian when you’re at the gym, so you can make sure any smiling you might do is actually sincere. If you try to force it, you’ll probably just feel really uncomfortable and tense throughout your workout, which I’m assuming is not what you’re aiming for.”
Oh, and smiling could be a way to prolong your life, according to the journal Psychological Science. You’re welcome fam.