October 28, 2010 by: S. L. Baker, features
Here's good news that's just in time to
help you avoid the temptation of sugary
goodies served up at holiday parties. If
you feel your willpower weakening as you
pass the desserts piled high, just tighten
up your muscles -- flex any of them, including
your finger or calf muscles. Sound crazy?
Not according to new research. Scientists
have found that firming muscles literally
shores up self-control.
Iris W. Hung of the National University
of Singapore and Aparna A. Labroo of the
University of Chicago collaborated on a
study that put volunteers through a range
of self-control dilemmas revolving around
accepting immediate pain for long-term gain.
For example, in one study participants held
their hands in an ice bucket to demonstrate
pain resistance and, in another, the research
subjects had to drink a healthy but awful-tasting
In yet another
experiment, study participants decided whether
they could look at disturbing information
about injured children devastated by the
earthquake in Haiti and donate money to
help. And in a final study, the
volunteers were observed while making food
choices for lunch at a local cafeteria to
see if tightening muscles helped them overcome
picking tempting but not-good-for-them foods.
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