29 Oct '14, 10pm

STUDY: Don't suppress your emotions, it will make you a slower runner.

Apparently the mental effort of suppression emotion uses up some of the same resources that determine your perception of the effort required for physical activity. What resource is this? The paper describes the results in the context of the theory of "ego depletion," the idea that all acts of self-regulation (like hiding your emotions, not eating a cookie, or forcing yourself to keep pushing as hard as you can on an exercise bike) rely on a limited but renewable rresource. Some researchers suggest that this resource is glucose in the brain, though there are problems with this theory; other ideas include fatigue-related changes in the activity of specific brain areas, or changes in how neural resources are allocated.

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/sports-psychology/suppressing...

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