Athletes Healthier and More Optimistic
Having an optimistic attitude can be essential for an athlete in competition and training. An athlete with optimism will train hard and push through the rough spots, and refuse to give up despite obstacles and losses. New research in the Medical Science Monitor, examined the role of optimism on corresponding positive health behaviors in athletes.
- Both female and male athletes display a higher degree of optimism.
- Optimism correlates with healthy practices, including healthy sleep cycles and recreation, and physical activity, **but this was only noted in the females.
- Greater pessimism correlates with a less positive mental attitude in female athletes and non-athletes, and in male non-athletes.