Make maximum effort more tolerable and less painful
Squirt. Swish. Spit. Repeat. That’s the key for reducing your perceived effort during exercise, research published in Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care found. Turns out wetting your tongue with a carb-rich sports drink triggers specialized carb receptors that speak to your brain in such a way that can make you seem like you’re not working so hard. This is huge if you’re a marathoner, triathlete, or endurance cyclist where how well you perform weighs so heavily on your maximum tolerable effort, the researchers say. More specifically, the study found this trick allowed runners to hit faster speeds before reaching their threshold.
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