It reported on a study that found that people who believed that they were getting a good workout experienced greater benefits from their exercise than those who do the same work but don't think about the benefits.
That's right: Same exercise, different benefits. Those who believed showed improvement in weight loss, blood pressure and body fat.
Is it really all in our heads?
"These results support the idea that the benefits of exercise may involve a placebo effect," stated the Reuters article posted on the MSNBC web site.
The article continued: "Hotel cleaners who were told that their work of cleaning roughly 15 rooms each day was enough physical activity to maintain a healthy lifestyle were more trim and fit four weeks later than their peers who weren't given this message, Dr. Ellen Langer and her student Alia J. Crum report in the February issue of Psychological Science."Now, if only we can figure out a way to convince ourselves that we are engaging in beneficial exercise -- even when we're not -- but nonetheless experience the benefits. Maybe I could keep the workout at three miles, instead of my pre-injury average of four or five. That could mean a little more snooze time for yours truly. I believe!