Getting a Better Deal is Just a Workout Away
Need more reasons to work out? Recent research has shown that your bargain abilities may improve after just a short workout.
If you’re getting ready to hit those sales, you may want to get a workout in first.
Published recently in the journal Psychological Science, this study involved two different experiments. One compared the experience of subjects who negotiated to buy a car on a cellphone while walking briskly on a treadmill (their heart rates averaged 117 beats a minute) against the experience of others who walked at a more modest pace (88 beats a minute). The second experiment compared the experiences of subjects negotiating for job terms on a cellphone; some subjects took a casual walk, while others sat in a chair.
Results showed that those who dreaded negotiation performed even worse when they exerted themselves. What was more surprising was that those who looked forward to negotiation displayed the opposite results. In the job-negotiation experiment, they performed better and felt better about their performances when they were walking. In the treadmill experiment the confident negotiators felt that they performed better when their heart rates were elevated, even more than equally confident people who walked at a modest pace.
So What Does This Mean?
For negotiations that you’re looking forward to like a shopping bargin, getting in a workout before you go may improve your abilitites to spot a good deal, or negotiate the price of something you want. For those who lack the confidence to negotiate in the first place it’s not suggested that you do an intense workout before you try to buy a new car, or ask for a promotion but for fun things like bargin shopping, a short stint on the treadmill may just boost your performance.
Getting in just 15 minutes of a workout that keeps your heart rate elevated can do the trick. Try these simple exercises before you hit big holiday sales.
1. Body-Weight Squat: 36 reps
2. Body-Weight Alternating Lunge: 18 each leg
3. Body-Weight Split Jump: 18 each leg
4. Body-Weight Jump Squat: 36 reps
5. Body-Weight Jump Squat: Lower your body until your thighs parallel the floor. Then jump as high as you can. Repeat for 20 seconds.
6. Body-Weight Squat: Do as many reps as you can in 20 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
7. Isometric Squat: Lower your body until your thighs parallel the floor, and pause. Hold the position 30 seconds.
8. 10 Minutes Slow Jogging on the treadmill or outside along with any one of the exercises listed above with build strengthen in your legs, and your mind. The combination of cardiovascular activity and muscle building in the legs with prepare you for any bargain shopping outing.
The health benefits of regular exercise are well known. By elevating your heart rate for 15 minutes or more even 3 times a week can offer a better mood, tighter physique and improve your ability to handle challenging social and mental situations. So don’t obsess over the scale, and instead keep these brain boosting benefits in mind.
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