From I Love Bicycling: http://www.ilovebicycling.com/positive-talk-increases-endurance/
In a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 24 participants were told to do a cycling test to exhaustion. Half of the participants then underwent a two week positive talk intervention while the other half (control group) received no special treatment.
The positive self talk group saw an 18% increase in endurance while the control group received no increase in endurance. The study also revealed that the positive self talk group perceived exertion (RPE) rose more slowly (the exercise felt easier) compared to the control group, where the results remained the same.
The two week positive talk intervention involved the self talk group selecting four positive/motivational statements to use over the two weeks while exercising and then were told to integrate them into their test. Simple.
Most people believe in the power of positive talk, but do not realize how important it really can be. Endurance is a mind over body equation. Most of us give up mentally well before our physical bodies fatigue. We have all been there many of times, whether it has been cycling, exercising or life. I know I continually envision rockets and say “let’s go” while cycling. At work, I continually repeat “I love my job, I love my job.” So I am convinced.
I have been on the flip side where I have done the negative talk and said “I’m too hot, my knee hurts, I’m too tired etc. etc.” and generally quit shortly after my mind goes there. Don’t subscribe to that way of thinking.
Suggested Positive Talk to Increase Endurance
This is easy.
- I am a beast.
- I can do this.
- I love this feeling.
- I am crushing it.
- Let’s go.
- Almost there.
- Last but least … I AM AWESOME.
You may think of others, but I like to keep it simple. I also like to say this out loud and make other people laugh once in a while as that also helps.
Mind over Body
When it comes to endurance, mental health is 80% of the battle. Be positive, humorous and happy. It will make all the difference.
Positive talk increases endurance!