What motivates you in the morning to get yourself dressed and ready to workout? Is it the idea that you will feel better later? Is it because you know it is the right thing to do? Is it that you can drink some POW and really crush it? What motivates you? Sometimes, even with all of our best motivators available, we just do not feel like getting in a good workout. Did you ever think about the idea that the colors around where you workout could affect your actual execution during your workout or your mood during it? Color can affect your mood and your resistance to an exercise routine and usually when you are not even aware.
Colors can change our levels of alertness, our energy, influences our moods and change our mental clarity. One study has shown that weightlifters in blue gyms can lift heavier weights. However, one element of color that is pretty impacting is actually the saturation of the color–think light versus dark, bright versus dull. Colors that are bright but not very saturated are more appealing and soothing. Think of using two colors to contrast each other keeping in mind the contrast is between the saturation and the brightness. For example, a tangerine wall in a pale blue room could really book energy levels, even if you feel like it isn’t the best looking decore wise.
Choosing colors can be a bit tricky in that they mean different things to different people (culturally). Even though, red is a very energizing and exciting color, to a lot of people it is a color of danger. Historically red, green, and blue are seen as the most motivating colors. Green is strong. Red is dynamic. Blue is heroic.
When you are feeling a bit less motivated to exercise, take a look around you and figure out what colors the walls are around you and how it impacts your workouts. Not just the walls around you but think about your workout clothes and which color they are. Maybe you workout better in your green shirt opposed to your black one…
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