Clenching your muscles increases your willpower .. new report says


Mon, 18 October 2010

If you want more willpower to spur you on...

1. Tighten your muscles, any muscle
2. Do it at the point of time when you need to exert your willpower
According to a recent study, "Participants who were instructed to tighten their muscles, regardless of which muscles they tightened—hand, finger, calf, or biceps—while trying to exert self-control demonstrated greater ability to withstand the pain, consume the unpleasant medicine, attend to the immediately disturbing but essential information, or overcome tempting foods," the authors write.
But the muscle tightening must align with the choice of the person's goals, as in resisting ice cream when wanting to lose weight.
"The mind and the body are so closely tied together, merely clenching muscles can also activate willpower," the authors write. "Thus simply engaging in these bodily actions, which often result from an exertion of willpower, can serve as a non-conscious source to recruit willpower, facilitate self-control, and improve consumer wellbeing." 


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