Ever find yourself distracting your mind from work by surfing the internet? Well, of course, you do. I think we all have caught ourselves doing this from time to time–just don’t let the boss catch you. Really though, have you not only found yourself scrolling through the internet but feeling like you need to have every single thing you come across then boom, in a blink of an eye you just bought five items that you probably didn’t need. How do you feel afterward? Do you feel like you have self-control doing this?
Does the idea of all of the new things you are about you receive excite you? Do you suddenly get anxiety about all of the money you spent so easily? Have you ever felt like this behavior was a bit out of control? Is there a magic pill to cure these impulses? Or a magic wand to get us back in line with our own self-control?
Well, there isn’t a magic pill but what if we told you that exercise could help keep these impulses at bay and your self-control in check.
A recent study published in the journal Behavior Modification, studied how the effects of mastering something difficult would affect other parts of the participants’ lives. With their test group, they challenged the participants to participate in an exercise activity that was moderately difficult for them. For two months they were to perform this exercise. By the time the study was finished it was shown that the participants had more self-control afterward.
Next time you think you can’t put down the piece of cake or can’t remove a new shiny watch or the latest Carbon38 gear out of your shopping cart, maybe you just need to do a bit more challenging workouts in your routine?
Yes, that may sound silly but the truth is that everything in our lives and our behaviors are all interconnected, a lot of the time we just need to take a moment a mindfully be aware of what we are doing.
Do you lack self-control?