Trick Your Body into Going Faster
There is a reserve of extra performance that the body can be tricked into accessing in competition.
This article originally appeared in the Newton blog on RealClearScience. You can read the original here.
Can you run faster when you chase someone? The intuitive answer, of course, is yes. But, if you carefully timed yourself under controlled conditions, would it hold true? A study conducted by British researchers specializing in sports and exercise sciences finds the answer: competition can in fact drive athletes to go faster than otherwise possible. More surprising, the study also finds that extra performance can be wrung out of the body if the brain is deceived about that competition.
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