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Sniff pep­per­mint for an in­stant edge in the gym. In Rau­den­bush’s re­search, peo­ple who in­haled this scent be­fore run­ning on a tread­mill said they felt like their jog fin­ished faster; oth­ers were able to spend more time lift­ing weights. Pep­per­mint aro­mas (cin­na­mon too) turn on a se­ries of nerve path­ways in the body called the retic­u­lar ac­ti­vat­ing sys­tem (RAS), which reg­u­lates alert­ness. “That makes you more fo­cused on what you’re do­ing, dis­tracts you from any dis­com­fort so you can ex­er­cise longer, and stim­u­lates your mus­cles to per­form bet­ter,” Rau­den­bush ex­plains. Chew­ing cin­na­mon or pep­per­mint gum or tak­ing a few whiffs of ei­ther scent be­fore your work­out de­liv­ers that boost.

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