Group Dy­namic Run­ning with oth­ers is good for your speed

A friend in need can be a friend in speed

Runner's World (UK) - - In This Issue -

HERE’S AN EASY WAY to run faster: re­cruit a buddy – or a whole bunch of them. Ac­cord­ing to the the­ory of so­cial fa­cil­i­ta­tion, per­form­ing a fa­mil­iar task along­side oth­ers can help you raise your game. It’s called the ‘co-ac­tion ef­fect’. One study, from the Univer­sity of Es­sex, found that the pres­ence of a com­peti­tor drove athletes to a faster time trial finish. Other re­cent re­search, from the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, US, sug­gests com­pe­ti­tion mo­ti­vates peo­ple to stick to ex­er­cise. In the study, ex­er­cis­ers who were told their ses­sion at­ten­dance was be­ing recorded did al­most twice as many ses­sions over 11 weeks as those left to their own de­vices. Time to at­tack that Strava seg­ment...

STRENGTH IN NUM­BERS Gather a few friends together, go for a run and you’ll be on track for a faster time.

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