The Secret of Better Running
Do you want to perform better at running? Do you think there is something that will help you run faster and more efficiently? Try distracting yourself. Though ironical it may feel, distraction actually helps you to perform better at the track. How? Let’s find out.
How Does Distraction Help?
It is found that thinking about the physical movements you are doing during running is among the worst strategies you can apply when it comes to running fast. The opposite is quite better in this regard. The more distracted you are, the more your brain goes in an auto-pilot mode that enables you to run freely and enthusiastically.
Studies on Distractions
Distractions help in making the overall experience of running more pleasant and definitely faster. In a study, it was found that women runners who watched videos during their runs experienced lesser oxygen and lactate as compared to the control group. Also, running with distractions was less psychologically taxing in women who didn’t watch the videos. This and a few more studies show the association between running speed and distraction. The observation shows that when there are healthy distractions present while performing a strenuous physical activity such as running, it increases the overall speed.
How to Apply It?
The most important concern that comes with applying distractions in the running is the safety factor. For example, if you are listening to music while running, you want to make sure you don’t put on music so loud that your remain oblivious of the surroundings around you. You need to be able to hear any approaching vehicle towards you or any obstacle that may come in your way abruptly. For that, you can put on audio with appropriate volume; maybe a sound of nature or a podcast with adequate pauses can help you to distract without getting zoned out of the environment you are running in.
Distraction helps you to run faster by making your mind more resilient. When you are not concentrating on your movements, running does not become that taxing for your brain as well.
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