Fitness Tips: November 25, 2013

We're all a bit stronger than we think we are; during your next workout give it all you got and then a bit more!

Healthy Lifestyle Tip: I Don't Skip Exercise
When facing temptation, can a simple change of language make a difference? According to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers who respond to temptation with the words "I don't" versus "I can't" are more able to resist.

"This insight is based on the notion that saying, "I can't" to temptation inherently signals deprivation and the loss from giving up something desirable," the study authors write. "For instance, when faced with a tempting slice of pie, one's spontaneous response, 'I can't eat pie' signals deprivation. Saying "I don't eat pie' is more effective." This approach signals to oneself (and others) a sense of determination and empowerment, which makes the refusal strategy more effective.

The "I don't" strategy increased participants' feelings of autonomy, control, and self-awareness; and it resulted in positive behavioral change. "What's great about this research is that it suggests a strategy that is simple, straightforward, and easy to implement. And most works!" the authors conclude.