‘Believe It or Not – A new study shows that people benefit more from exercise when they believe it will have a positive effect’, http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=166975&CultureCode=en, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, AlphaGalileo (11 August 2016).


Results demonstrate that our belief in how much we will benefit from physical activity has a considerable effect on our well-being in the manner of a self-fulfilling prophecy. (…) Results provide evidence for a placebo effect during exercise. (…) Beliefs and expectations could possibly have long-term consequences, for instance on our motivation to engage in sports.

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Expectations affect psychological and neurophysiological benefits even after a single bout of exercise; Mothes, H., Leukel, C., Jo, H.-G., Seelig, H., Schmidt, S., & Fuchs, R. (2016). Journal of Behavioral Medicine; doi: 10.1007/s10865-016-9781-3