Shape Your Life
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.