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How you can smile your way into fitness

There is a science behind slapping on a smile (even a fake one) during your workout. Find out how! 

Exercise is one of those things where we know it’s good for us and no matter how much we do, we still feel like we aren’t doing enough. On the one way we know it’s good for us but on the other hand, sometimes we just really can’t be bothered. Next time you find yourself in the slump, try this quick and simple trick: SMILE.

Smiling when you work out, even if you have to force that smile on your face, will make you perform better. Whether you’re running or doing weights…. 

  • Smiling during exercise may make a workout more enjoyable
  • You’ll feel healthier and fitter just because you’re happy
  • You’ll be happier while you workout
  • You’ll find you’re enjoying yourself more and you’ll actually push yourself harder

 

How does smiling make you perform better?

Smiling can change our brain, through the powerful feedback loop. When we smile (even when you don’t feel like smiling), we send signals to our brain which activates happy chemicals in our brain called endorphins, which instantly make us feel good. So putting on a forced, fake smile can trick your brain into thinking you’re happy, so you’re more likely to have a great workout!

 

References

Abel, E. L., & Kruger, M. L. (2010). Smile intensity in photographs predicts longevity. Psychological Science, 21 , 542–544.

Goldberg, L. S., & Grandey, A. A. (2007). Display rules versus display autonomy: Emotion regulation, emotional exhaustion, and task performance in a call center simulation. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 12, 301-318.

Harker, L. A., & Keltner, D. (2001). Expressions of positive emotion in women’s college yearbook pictures and their relationship to personality and life outcomes across adulthood. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80 , 112–124.

Kraft, Tara L., & Pressman, Sarah D. (2012). Grin and bear it: The influence of manipulated facial expression on the stress response. Psychological Science.

Orne, Martin T. (1962). On the social psychology of the psychological experiment: With particular reference to demand characteristics and their implications. American Psychologist, 17, 776–783.

Peterson, C., & Xydis, K. (2011). Positive psychology for health and fitness professionals. Tucson, AZ: DSWFitness.

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