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How smiling affect to boost your Workout

05 October 2018

 

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.

In the small study, published in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise, researchers had 24 participants of both sexes—all of whom were experienced recreational runners—smile or frown throughout their workouts without knowing why. Although frowning worked for a few people—basically because it’s a “game face” of sorts—smiling led to a superior performance as a group.

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.

So, smile away: You might feel silly in your spin class or during the last few minutes of your run, but hey, why not give it a chance?