What does it take to push a little harder on the treadmill, knock out a few more reps with your dumbbells, or swim just another lap (or two) in the pool? It's not just about physical prowess or sheer willpower: You often need a little psychological push, too.
According to a recent review in the journal Sports Medicine, positive self-talk, visualization, and goal-setting can even help boost your athletic performance, possibly allowing you to work harder for longer and reach your fitness goals at last. If "positive self-talk" sounds a little cheesy, know that some of the most badass athletes in the world rely on personal mantras to get through grueling training sessions and the pressure of competition. Keep these wise words in mind the next time you need a little extra motivation to get through spin class.
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