LEVEL WITH ME – IS IT WORTH SPEND­ING A LIT­TLE EX­TRA ON HIGH-END GYM KIT?

Women's Health Australia - - ASK -

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In a word, yes! You’re more likely to feel like – and there­fore be­come – a bet­ter ath­lete in qual­ity kit, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study in the Jour­nal of Ex­per­i­men­tal So­cial Psy­chol­ogy. Re­searchers call this phe­nom­e­non ‘en­clothed cog­ni­tion’, sug­gest­ing that what you wear sub­con­sciously in­flu­ences the way you act. So, dress like a pro and you’ll act like a pro. Plus, qual­ity cloth­ing will boost not only your mind­set but also your per­for­mance. “The first step is to iden­tify your goal and what will help you meet it,” says PT Abi­gail Dew­berry. “I train hard, and I’m happy to spend ex­tra on leg­gings that don’t go see-through when I squat.” Prep­ping for a half-marathon? Cush­ioned train­ers that sup­port your an­kles may be your pri­or­ity.

“If you’re new to a type of train­ing, or look­ing for some­thing spe­cific, tap into your com­mu­nity,” she adds. “When a piece of kit has up­graded my work­out,

I love to pass that on.” Good ad­vice!

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