Smiling can Make you Run Faster…
It’s super hard to start running again, especially when you’re red faced, huffing and puffing and you’re hardly going faster than a walk. The Last thing you want to do is smile.
But, according to studies, that’s the first thing you should be doing.
According to a report published in the journal Psychology of Sports and Exercise, smiling can help reduce muscle tension and distract joggers from what they may be feeling in the rest of their body.
After gathering 24 skilled runners, researchers from Ulter University in Northern Ireland asked them to complete four six-minute running blocks with two minute rests in between intervals.
Participants completed their jogs both smiling and frowning. Using a breathing mask, scientists measured energy consumption.
Interestingly while smiling, runners used 2.8 per cent less energy compared to those who frowned.
The main reason for the 2.8 per cent improvement in running economy, was that smiling helped participants to relax and reduce muscle tension without deliberately, or consciously trying to relax. Runners are more efficient when they are relaxed.