Last week was the first installment in this month’s Boost Your Odds theme. I presented options for partnering up with your workouts because studies have shown individuals who exercise with at least one other person tend to exercise more consistently compared to those who try to adopt new fitness habits alone. This week, I give you two more scientifically proven ways to increase the likelihood you’ll workout week after week.
Studies reveal that exercisers who listen to music while working out exercise at higher intensities and for longer periods of time compared to those who don’t listen to anything while they workout. Even more important when it comes to adopting new exercise habits, these same studies show that post-workouts, exercise participants didn’t feel the workouts were especially intense and reported enjoying the workouts more than those who performed the same workouts without music. Click here to link to The Best Workout Playlist post to learn how to build your own workout mixes.
But there’s something else that studies tell us lowers perceived exertion while boosting workout intensity, duration and enjoyment of participants even better than listening to music: exercising outdoors. There’s nothing that gets the endorphins flowing better than taking your workouts outside, it’s a scientific fact. Link to my Go Old School post to get some ideas to incorporate some good, old-fashioned outdoor play into your routine.
You don’t have to be a genius to understand adding two simple things to your workouts that undeniably increase your enjoyment, lower your perception of difficulty and promote high quality exercise will translate to consistency and results. If that doesn’t boost your odds for success, nothing will.
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