Brain Drain Deteriorates Running Performance

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Studies show the more mentally drained you are, the worse your running performance. The study, published in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, examined the impact of cognitive fatigue on physical performance in a paced running task.

Runners completed two 3000m runs, one after cognitive fatigue, and one under non-fatigued conditions. Results showed that cognitive activity contributes considerably to overall performance – it increases the perception of exertion, resulting in lesser performance on the running task.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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