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New study finds exercise affects perception of time

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A recent study published in the journal Brain and Behavior suggests that engaging in physical activity can alter the perception of time. Conducted by researchers from the U.K. and The Netherlands, the study involved 33 active adults who cycled in virtual environments for 4 kilometers at a time. The participants reported that time seemed to stretch during their exercise sessions, making the periods of activity feel longer than they actually were.

The researchers found that this time-warping effect was consistent regardless of the presence of virtual competitors, indicating that the act of exercising itself was responsible for the distortion in time perception. Professor Andrew Edwards, co-lead author of the study, noted that these findings could have important implications for exercise choices, enjoyment levels, and performance optimization.

The study suggests that manipulating time perception during exercise could make workouts feel less burdensome and more enjoyable, potentially encouraging more people to engage in regular physical activity. This could lead to improvements in overall health and fitness levels. The researchers also propose that understanding how time perception changes during exercise could help in developing new strategies to make physical activity more enjoyable and increase adherence to exercise routines.

However, the researchers acknowledge the limitations of the study, including the fact that the participants were all quite fit and exercised regularly. The results may not be generalizable to less fit individuals who do not regularly engage in exercise. The research team plans to expand their studies to include a more diverse range of participants and explore how different types of physical activity impact time perception.

In conclusion, the study provides intriguing insights into how exercise can alter our perception of time and offers potential avenues for further research and application in optimizing exercise experiences.

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