Think Your Way to a Work-Out

Hartford York Hats - Men's Straw Hat - Scala Hand Crocheted Raffia Summer Hat for Men - The GiovanniOh, this so works for me!

According to Harvard University psychologist Ellen Langer’s findings (published in the February issue of Psychological Science) “many of the beneficial results of exercise are due to the placebo effect.”

The study shows that hotel housekeepers who were told that their regular work was enough exercise to meet the requirements for a healthy, active lifestyle, actually

“lost an average of 2 pounds, lowered their blood pressure by almost 10 percent, and were significantly healthier as measured by body-fat percentage, body mass index, and waist-to-hip ratio”

at a follow-up just four weeks later.

A second group of hotel housekeepers who were told nothing had significantly lower results.

Langer writes, “Whether the change in physiological health was brought about directly or indirectly, it is clear that health is significantly affected by mind-set.” This research shows the moderating role of mind-set and its ability to enhance health, which may have particular relevance for treating diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

This is incredible. My take is that if I concentrate hard enough, I’ll be able to fit into my high school Speedo sometime soon! Oh, yeah. I looked good in my Speedo and Scala straw, and baby, with just the power of my mind, I’ll be doing it all over again.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer, Placebo Man
CEO Hartford York


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