This weekend I bribed my kids with a pizza lunch to get them to help me clean out the basement. I love to straighten things up, donate toys the kids have grown out of and get rid of the other stuff that has piled up throughout the year.
This cleaning spree reminded me of a Yale University study that was conducted several years ago. In this study the researchers told one group of house cleaners that the activities of their normal job burn calories, like a cardio workout. They did not share this information with the other group.
Several weeks later, the researchers found that the first group actually lost weight and lowered their cholesterol, while the other group experienced no changes at all.
This is another great example of the power of the mind. These two groups of house cleaners did the exact same things they had always done when cleaning house. Yet when the idea that these activities were similar to a cardio workout was placed in one group’s mind, the health benefits of those activities were taken to another level. It seems a little knowledge goes a long way to better health (and working off those extra calories from a Chicago-style pizza).
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder and President
Smart Health Wellness and Performance