If You Want: More Out of Your Workout
Put rest breaks to use. Between sets of strength-training exercises, picture yourself doing additional repetitions of the move that you just completed. In one of Guillot’s studies, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research in 2010, people who imagined doing leg presses between sets were able to lift more weight and do more repetitions than those who didn’t use imagery.
Feel the results. While visualizing small steps works for fruit, a broader perspective may be better for exercise. A study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine in 2011 found that people who saw themselves as the person they would like to become as a result of exercise burned more calories than did those who imagined themselves only working out or getting ready to do it. So if you imagine how slim and energetic you are as you put on those sneakers, you may have a better chance of becoming those things—or at least of exercising tomorrow.