FEB 25, 2019 03:56 PM PST

How Perception Shapes The Exercise Experience

WRITTEN BY: Abbie Arce
It’s only the end of February, but chances are you’ve left your New Year’s resolution far behind you. If that resolution was to get in better shape, you picked one of the most common resolutions to strive towards. People the world over are hoping to get in shape to look and feel better. If you abandoned your resolution by now, you are like most people. Maybe you never started because starting feels impossible.
 
 
To define what it is that makes exercise programs so hard for some of us to start scientists conducted a study on perception. First, researchers took objective fitness related measurements from a group of study participants. Next, they asked participants to estimate the length of a race track.
 
Researchers wanted to know if hip-to-waist ratio measurements taken at baseline had any correlation with the participants' perception of the race distance.
 

 

 
In the above Ted Talk Emily Balcetis, a social psychologist discusses the findings and follow up studies and what they mean for your next resolution to get fit.
 
 
About the Author
  • Abbie is an AFAA certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with an interest in all things health-science. She has recently graduated with her BS in Applied Sport and Exercise Science from Barry University in Miami. Next, she intends to earn an MPH with a focus in Epidemiology.
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