Should you be using your phone when you run?
A study has revealed that on average, people spend 90 minutes per day on their phone, which can add up to… 23 days a year! The smartphone has become one of Generation Y’s favorite accessories, and some people even take it with them for their daily jogs – but how much is it impacting their performance? Let’s compare the positives and negatives to find out.
Your speed’s worst enemy
FOMO. Does this four-letter acronym ring a bell? It translates to ‘’Fear of Missing Out” which means that someone with FOMO has a constant need and desire to be connected to other people and know what’s going on around them so that they don’t miss anything that they consider important. As a result, they check their smartphone, tablet or computer on a regular basis to feel reassured (we’re starting to understand where the statistic 23 days per year comes from…!).
However, by wanting to stay ‘’connected’’ and not miss anything – especially when they run – people with FOMO are still missing out on what’s going on in the present moment, by letting themselves be too engrossed in the virtual world.
According to a study published in the journal PLOS One, checking your phone while working out can hinder your performance. If you’ve ever tried to walk up a flight of stairs and text at the same time, then we’re pretty sure you’ve already realized how difficult it is to do two things at once when your face suddenly met the floor (and your phone went flying out of your hand along the way). The moral of the story? If you want to be on top of your game when you exercise, maybe you should wait those extra thirty minutes until after your workout is done to send that text message.
Your motivation’s best friend
Even though texting, calling or even looking at your phone while you run isn’t necessarily a great idea, if you put it on airplane mode, it could become one of your greatest allies. According to the same PLOS One study, people that use their phone to listen to music when they exercise can actually increase their motivation and even run 0.8 km/h faster and burn more calories!
If you’re interested in finding music to accompany your next workout, check out some playlists on Spotify that have been created to match your heartrate when you run (<140 bpm / >140 bpm and 170-180 bpm).
If music isn’t your thing you can download applications like Nike + that help you set goals for yourself and encourage you to stick to them. You can even share your results on social media for an additional boost of motivation and confidence – just make sure to do it after your run of course!
And don’t forget: going for a run should be enjoyable and let you disconnect (in every sense of the word), even if only for a short time.