Reviewing data from more than 60,000 people, researchers found that those who believed they were less active than their peers had a higher risk of early death than those who believed they were more active, even when their levels of activity were equivalent. As a population study, it doesn’t prove cause and effect, but it’s an intriguing addition to the evidence that our own thoughts and beliefs can help or undermine health. The moral of the story is not to trade walks, bike rides, and lifting weights for positive affirmations. Regular activity is essential for good physical and mental health. Keep in mind, too, that all physical activity “counts” for your health, from everyday activities like taking the stairs, walking to the mailbox, and raking leaves to formal exercise like swimming and jogging.
"You can achieve what your mind believes." Anonymous