You read that odd title right! Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario have discovered that will power is just like any muscle – the more you use the stronger it gets!
You can read more about the research here.
Researchers also found that participants who had done the willpower-busting Stroop test were more likely to skip workouts they had previously scheduled.
Doing the dishes or avoiding biting your nails may require a lot of willpower, but that shouldn’t be an excuse not to work out, said Kathleen Martin Ginis, an associate professor of kinesiology at McMaster and lead author of the study.
She said if you plan a regular exercise routine and don’t have to think about details such as duration, you’re more likely to follow through.
You can also build up willpower by regularly challenging yourself to tasks that test your self-control.