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Run faster and do more pushups with Peppermint Aroma

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Enhancing Athletic Performance Through the Administration of Peppermint Odor

Journal: Journal of sport and exercise psychology

Title: Enhancing Athletic Performance Through the Administration of Peppermint Odor

Author: Ryan Raudenbush, Nathan Corley and William Eppich

Summary (1min read): 40 athletes took peppermint aroma and performed better for non-skill tasks such as 400m dash, pushups and hand grip strength but showed no significance in skill-based tasks like basketball freethrows.

Method: 40 athletes (20men, 20women) with an average age of 20 years old, performed running, hand grip strength, push ups and basketball free throws, under two aroma conditions. One with the peppermint administration, and the other is without any aroma.

Results: The article show that the participants performed better for non-skill tasks – 400m dash was faster (79.58s with peppermint as compared to 81.40s with no aroma), stronger handgrip strength and can do more pushups (31.18 push ups with peppermint as compared to 29.45 pushups with no aroma). However, skill-based tasks like basketball free throws are not conclusive.

The article also referenced another literature that suggests the application of a pleasant odorant increases one’s mood which also closely correlates to motivation and eventually better performance. Hence, interestingly, it could also not be specifically peppermint that improves performance but any pleasant aroma could also result in improved performance of non-skill based tasks.

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