If you’ve ever cancelled your workout plans or raided the office vending machines in spite of your best intentions - I have good news! It is possible to increase your willpower - with a few simple changes. We got this from Web MD:
- Listen to music. Costas Karageorghis is a sport psychologist at Brunel University in England. He says that music improves your mood and reduces feelings of fatigue – which makes it easier to regulate impulses. So, the right tunes can keep you away from the vending machine and get you to the gym - and improve your workouts. Studies show that listening to music when you exercise decreases your perception of how hard you’re working out by 10%.
- Push yourself. Kathleen Martin Ginis is a professor of kinesiology at McMaster University. That’s the study of human movement. She says that setting incremental goals can strengthen your resolve. So, if you want to get better grades, hit the books 10 extra minutes a night. To get started, Ginis suggests making a commitment to another person. If you set up a study date with a friend, you’re less likely to give up and watch TV.
- Take frequent breaks. Roy Baumeister is a psychologist at Florida State University. He says that our ability to resist temptation is highest in the morning and wanes as the day goes on, because we get tired. So, when you feel your energy levels sag, take a five minute walk or a 10 minute power nap and you’ll be prepared to get through that boring report, without reaching for the junk food.
Remember: Anything worth doing is going to take some effort. So, start getting your willpower in shape by setting goals, getting plenty of rest, and listening to upbeat music.