Researchers for the first time uncovered a cell phone danger that could ruin your power walk.
Michael Rebold, Ph.D., assistant professor of integrative exercise science at Hiram College and colleagues recently looked at how your phone can thwart your exercise efforts.
Two new reports published in Computers in Human Behavior and Performance Enhancement & Health highlight how talking and texting can throw you off balance and decrease the intensity of your workout.
Talking to your BFF during your power walks not a good idea
According to the researchers you can’t divide your time by talking and texting and still pay attention to getting in your 10,000 steps at a brisk pace.
Texting on the cell phone was found to negatively affect balance as much as 45 percent and talking by 19 percent - which could lead to this!
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"If you're talking or texting on your cell phone while you're putting in your daily steps, your attention is divided by the two tasks and that can disrupt your postural stability, and therefore, possibly predispose individuals to other greater inherent risks such as falls and musculoskeletal injuries," Rebold said in a media release.
But don’t worry. You can still take your cell phone with you when you exercise. Just don’t text and talk. The researchers say there’s no effect on balance from cranking up the tunes and getting on the treadmill. And we all know our favorite tunes can help us walk faster, lift our spirits and infuse new energy into a busy day.
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