Run Happy, Run Better

  • By Matt Fitzgerald
  • Published Sep. 23, 2013
Smile. It might help you run better. Photo:

3. Don’t frown.

When runners are really hurting in races you can usually tell just by looking at their faces. But a study by Samuele Marcora at the University of Kent found that ugly faces not only express suffering during exercise, they also increase it. That’s right: You’ll actually feel a little better in races if you relax your face and try to appear totally comfortable to those around you.

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