Shape Your Life

Shape (Singapore) - - Contents -

Sage re­la­tion­ship ad­vice from mar­ried cou­ples, and how look­ing ahead can get you closer to your fit­ness goals.

You can nav­i­gate the ob­sta­cles threat­en­ing to de­rail your work­out even with­out hav­ing un­yield­ing willpower, a new study from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley sug­gests. Re­searchers found that when peo­ple thought a few steps ahead about the reper­cus­sions of giv­ing in to an im­me­di­ate temp­ta­tion, they made smarter choices than when they thought in ei­ther-or terms (do it ver­sus don’t do it). Why? “Imag­in­ing the con­se­quences of act­ing on im­pulses can change the im­pulses them­selves,” says study au­thor Adri­anna Jenk­ins. In other words, once we imag­ine our­selves wak­ing up slug­gish af­ter a late-night binge watch – which means skip­ping morn­ing spin class, which means throw­ing off that gym habit – the couch it­self be­gins to look less tempt­ing.

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