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Getting through the most intense peak of your workout is hard, sometimes painful, and the seconds seem to crawl while you’re pushing through it. But the next time you’re feeling the burn, you might want to grin and bear it. Literally. According to new research, smiling might make your workout more powerful.
While smiling seemed to be the key to success, there’s a catch says that - once your grin becomes unnatural, it loses its touch. Natural smiles can reduce muscular tension and increase your performance, but faking it can yield opposite results, he said. That’s why it’s best to save your smile until the end of a workout, when you really need it.