Make your own choices

According to Wulf, motivation breeds success while working out. Feeling motivated not only boosts form, it makes you feel less fatigued.

The upshot? It takes surprisingly little effort to enhance motivation, Wulf’s research indicates—you simply have to feel in control.

In one of Wulf’s recent studies, weightlifters who got to choose the order of their exercises lifted more weight for more reps than those who were given a set order. Those given the option to choose had better form and achieved better results because “people want to feel autonomous,” Wulf says. “It doesn’t take much—a simple little choice can do the trick.”

If you are on a set workout schedule, create small choices during the routine, like picking the order in which you perform each exercise or the type of warmup and recovery stretches you perform.