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Just because it’s August doesn’t mean the summer is over! ????????‍ What goals are you going to crush yet this summer? ????????

When it Feels Like Forever--Perceived Time During Exercise

Perceived Time

Time keeps ticking on . . .  but are we actually all that accurate when it comes to our “internal clock?”  Whether sitting in class, on an incredibly long plane ride, or on a long run, we always think, “shouldn’t this be over by now?”  Generally, when we’re not particularly enjoying a situation, time seems to move more slowly.  But what about exercise?  (Yes, exercise can be enjoyable!)  However, exercise, and especially more difficult exercise, seems to alter our perception of time.

A.M. Edwards and A. McCormick from the University of St. Mark & St. John in Plymouth, UK and James Cook University, Sport & Exercise Science in Cairns, Australia published what is probably the first research on this topic of exercise-altered time perception.  Participants spent twenty minutes on a rowing machine at three different levels of exertion three separate times.  They stated their perception of time throughout the twenty minutes.  At 15 minutes and again at 20 minutes, their perceived time was more than the actual amount of elapsed time.  (In other words, they thought more time had passed than actually had.)  Additionally, as the level of exertion during exercise increased, perceived time became even longer than actual elapsed time.

The authors discussed how the data could differ if the participants were professional athletes who were accustomed to exercising and could perhaps become accustomed to correcting their perceived time.  The discussion also mentioned how perceived time could pass more quickly due to a higher amount of neural processing occurring at levels of more exertion.  This greater amount of processing than normal could lead to the perception of more time passing.

As time passes (get the pun?!), I’m sure we’ll learn more about why and how our perceived time differs from actual time—and how athletes can work with these factors for optimal performance.  Until, then, we’ll still have runs, conditioning, and those stroking classes that make your legs burn and feel like they last forever.  (Luckily, they don’t!)  So, just “keep calm and carry on!”

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Set New Year’s Resolutions This Year



We’re all for resolutions and goals here at LK, but sometimes it seems people drop their New Year’s Resolutions as soon as the ball drops.  (That’s a sure way to failure!)  Set some resolutions this year—just be sure you aren’t setting yourself up to fail by doing it for the wrong reasons.

Here’s where resolutions go wrong and how to make them right:

1.  Because everyone else is doing it.

Like mom always says, just because everyone is doing it doesn’t mean you should, too.  If you already have some goals in place, why set a whole bunch of new ones?  Just focus on achieving your current goals well!

2.  Because it’s New Year’s Eve and you haven’t come up with anything yet.

Same advice as above.  Only make new resolutions if they’re meaningful.

3.  Because you want to achieve one very large, very lofty goal.

Lofty goals can be good, but if you want to achieve something grand, you’re better off to break it down into bitesize pieces.  Set some short-term goals underneath the larger goal.  For example, say I want to land a double axel this year.  I might set some smaller goals like, “this much air time in a large single axel” or “land five double axels off-ice.”  Each smaller goal achieved is a mini celebration on the way to the loftier goal!

4.  Because you want something impressive to post to social media.

New Year’s Resolutions and goals aren’t about other people—they’re about you.  If you are driven to reach for bigger and brighter things just because you want everybody’s eyes on you, your motive is mistaken.  There’s nothing wrong with being great at what you do, but at the end of the day, you have to be satisfied—even if your achieved goals are never cheered on by all those around you.  Make sure your goals mean something to you.  Honestly, if your goal is important to you, it will be much easier to work toward achieving it!

New Year’s Resolution’s aren’t bad by any means.  So set some this year—just make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons! J  And don’t only set them—go out there and get them!

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