Awhile back I wrote “Exercise -You Need to Like It” stating that you would get much more benefit from your workout if you liked doing it. I quoted from the course guidebook that accompanies the Course on Stress from The Great Courses that I was taking at the time.
I based the item on the following statement, “Last, you have got to like doing it. If a personal trainer is forcing you to exercise, you do not get anywhere near as much of the health benefits.”
Upon further reflection, I thought that while strong and provocative, the statement could use some further support or documentation. What exactly would be taking place in your mind and body that would cause you to get more benefit from the workout?
I emailed The Great Courses and they passed on my question to the teacher, Professor Robert M. Sapolsky. Dr. Sapolsky holds the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professorship of Biological Sciences at Stanford University, where he is also Professor of Biology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery in Stanford’s School of Medicine. He is also a research associate at the Institute of Primate Research, operated by the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi.