Jog ’n’ log

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Sync that ac­tiv­ity tracker on your wrist to au­to­mat­i­cally upload your run­ning data to a so­cial net­work of ex­er­cis­ers, and you could run stronger and go longer as a re­sult, sug­gests a new study in the jour­nal Na­ture Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Re­searchers ex­am­ined run­ning fre­quency, time, and dis­tance for a group of run­ners in the same friend net­work—but not the same cities—over five years. They found that even on poor weather days, the ge­o­graph­i­cally di­verse group dis­played sim­i­lar train­ing rou­tines. This shows that run­ning can be so­cially con­ta­gious, the study au­thors say— when you see oth­ers post­ing miles, it spurs you to run a lit­tle far­ther and im­prove your pace. Try it your­self with an app like Strava (free for iOS and An­droid).

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