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Conserve Your Willpower: It Runs Out

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 11:48 AM

Ever wonder why your resolve to hit the gym weakens after you’ve slogged through a soul-sapping day at work? It’s because willpower isn’t just some storybook concept; it’s a measurable form of mental energy that runs out as you use it, much like the gas in your car.

http://www.wired.com...0/mf-willpower/

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:28 PM

I'd probably say the energy the food provides gives you the energy to do work. Say I haven't eaten and I'm sitting in front of a computer for some soul draining task. I'm tired and low on energy. I need food to get my energy levels up to tackle this.

Same goes for the example. I'd go to the gym after a day of work if I had energy. Going to the gym without energy is quite pointless. I would consider it working against your gains to do so. As it would be working on a computer task low on energy and tired.


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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:13 PM

Do you think that would just be an excuse to not go to the gym? You must have realized this would happen when you set out to go to the gym. So the lesson is be honest with yourself. You should have known from the start that you wouldn't make it to the gym due to exhaustion.


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Posted 07 October 2012 - 06:34 PM

An interesting article and it makes sense. :tu:


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 02:12 PM

My drill is the drill that will peirce the heavens!!!!! Just who the hell do you think I am?!


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 02:40 PM

I guess people know this to be true, if they just stop and think about it.

Also, not everyone will have the same amount of willpower to call on each day.

What, in all the world, could I do to earn my living and still live as myself, as I knew myself to be? Temporary masks, I knew, had their place; everyone was wearing them, they were the human rage; but not masks cemented in place until the wearer could not breathe and was eventually suffocated.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 04:57 PM

Interesting.

I for one would have ate the cookies regardless.


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 08:31 PM

I think if a person was lost and in survival mode and had nothing to eat their willpower is stronger because they want to reunite with their families.


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 09:07 PM

I think the thought factors  "Yes I can do this" and "No I can't" have quite a big effect on what you can do. Especially in the gym when I am doing deadlifts. If I go up to a set or one rep max thinking unsure or don't think I can do it, it has quite a detrimental effect on my performance. If I go thinking I can do it, it really changes things for the better.

Most things like that require not just physical but mental strength too, they go hand in hand. If I go in tired, the negative thoughts will overpower the positive, whereas of I'm rested and have plenty of energy I will walk up knowing that I'm on the upper hand of the scale and can perform near my best. It makes a big difference.

Would I call this willpower? I'm not quite sure, because like in the experiment, the chocolate cookies and the energy they provide would probably tip them into a positive frame of mind. Whereas those who sat there and watched would probably be more susceptible to negative thoughts toward the exercise or be less inclined to do it due to their energy levels.

I would definitely say the mind has a big influence, it definitely plays a part to what is physically possible for you and could on the most part be the difference whether you can do something or not.


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:01 PM

Well if it is a stamina thing then surely you must be able to train it also.


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:20 PM

View PostRender, on 08 October 2012 - 10:01 PM, said:

Well if it is a stamina thing then surely you must be able to train it also.

One of the comments after the article mentions just that fact and wonders why it was left out of the article: in the short term will power needs to be conserved, but, it can be trained and strengthened like a muscle.

What, in all the world, could I do to earn my living and still live as myself, as I knew myself to be? Temporary masks, I knew, had their place; everyone was wearing them, they were the human rage; but not masks cemented in place until the wearer could not breathe and was eventually suffocated.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:15 AM

What cookies? I didn't see no cookies...


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:58 AM

how cruel. we should do the same to Psychologist Roy Baumeister. put 10000s of cookies in front of him and have everyone in UM eat them in front of his face while he is tied up to a chair listening to my algrebra teacher droning on and on about x and y and functions and expressions and blah blah blah, then i might be able to get my teacher to be sued and jailed for murder by talking

Edited by csspwns, 09 October 2012 - 01:02 AM.


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:20 AM

"I can resist everything except temptation."  Ocsar Wilde


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 07:33 AM

Hmm...finite willpower is a really good topic to discuss and talk about with others... Thank you still Waters

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