Fitness Tip of the Day: Smile for Speed

How your face can fight fatigue
Staff Writer

“I encourage all runners to discover how to alter your perception of fatigue when you run. There's no denying it: It’s uncomfortable to reach the point of extreme fatigue in a hard workout or race. But you can recognize that you aren't trapped to these unpleasant feelings. Runners naturally experience negative thoughts (thinking: "I hate this") and form grimacing facial expressions when they are near the point of exhaustion. But sports scientists have shown that when runners actively replace their negative thoughts with positive ones and consciously replace their grimaces with relaxed facial expressions, they actually feel better and even perform better. Those negative thoughts and grimaces are not just the effects of fatigue—they are components of fatigue itself—but we all have some control over them.”

—Matt Fitzgerald has been running since the age of 11 and has published more than 15 books on running, triathlon, and fitness, including RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel. Learn more at

As reported by Bethany Marzewski.


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