No, not that….read on to find out the latest trend in health clubs!
A study at the University of Essex in England found that seeing the color green may improve your workout! Researchers had 14 college-age men ride an indoor stationary bicycle for five minutes while watching a video that simulated cycling through a natural environment. Then, they switched the filter on the video screen to black and white, then red for 5 minutes each. After each cycling session, they assessed that the college students felt less fatigued and more content when watching the green version of the video. They also reported feeling more angry when watching the red-filtered nature video. Being exposed to shorter-wavelength colors, such as blue and green, evokes feelings of calmness, whereas red and yellow are more stimulating according to the researchers.
Lush greenery signaled abundant food and nearby water to early human ancestors, the researchers wrote in their study. Funny thing that evolution…got a juice-bar near your workout?!?
The study was small and only with men, but still makes you think about the importance of the environment you offer to those working out in your health club.
What color are your walls?