‘Seeing’ upbeat subliminal messages during workout can improve your performance and make your training feel easier.
As part of a recent study, the participants rode stationary bicycles equipped with screens on which either smiley faces and encouraging words, such as ‘go’ or ‘energy,’ or unhappy faces and inactive words like ‘cease’ or ‘drained,’ were projected for less than 0.02 seconds, hidden by other visuals so they wouldn’t be consciously recognized.
Participants shown positive cues were able to workout significantly longer than those shown negative cues.
Based on the results, the researchers predict that wearable screens could help tweak your mind’s perception of how much effort your body’s using and in this way boost your performance. Someday smart glasses may have better things to do than incognito Internet browsing during staff meetings.
And here’s another option of boosting endurance: Work out with your partner or friend who’s big on giving positive feedback.