A Person’s Perception of Exercise is all Relative


A brand new study by the University of Freiburg, Germany, found that an individual’s perception has a significant influence on how strenuous an amount of exercise can be.

The study consisted of 78 people age 18 to 32 who rode on a stationary bike ergometer for half an hour, giving answers after and before about how athletic they believed they were.

Study participants were divided into different classes and revealed several short films that either boosted the health effects of biking or harassing the member’s expectations.

Participants also wore a compression shirt and also were asked every five minutes exactly what degree of strenuousness they have been experiencing throughout the test.

The movies watched before the start of the trial also mentioned that the compression t-shirts in negative and positive ways.

“What the participants did not know was that we used these film clips with the aim of influencing their expectations of the coming cycling session,” Hendrik Mothes, a psychologist from Department of Sports Science at the University of Freiburg, said in a press release.

The study that was published June 29 in PLOS ONE and revealed that participants perceived the training exercise to be somewhat Less energetic when they started out having a favorable attitude and if they considered themselves athletic.

Those that had more bad attitudes or perceived themselves as less athletic saw the training unit to be strenuous.

Those who were participating in the study who believed the training shirt to be useful improved their opinion of this training exercise.

“Merely the belief that the shirt would help did help the ‘unsporty’ subjects to have a lower perception of strenuousness during the exercise,” Mothes said.

Researchers now believe the results of the study validate the belief that the placebo effect in sports does not work.