Don’t use your cell phone while exercising

2017-02-14 06:01
Using your cellphone while exercising can be a distraction. Photo: supplied

Using your cellphone while exercising can be a distraction. Photo: supplied

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DO you really need your mobile when you’re working out?

Researchers say talking and
texting during exercise can cause all sorts of problems.

Talking or texting on your cell phone may spell trouble during exercise, researchers say.

Divided attention

In two studies, they found
that talking or texting on a cell phone during a workout lowers
the intensity of your exercise
session.

More importantly, the study team noted that cell phone use affects balance, which can increase your risk of injuries.

“If you’re talking or texting on your cell phone while you’re putting in your daily steps, your attention is divided between 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,” study author Michael Rebold,
assistant professor of integrative
exercise science at Hiram
College in Ohio, said in a school news release.

Specifically, texting on a cell phone reduced postural stability by 45 percent. Even talking on a cell phone reduced postural stability by 19 percent.

But, if you want to pump up your workout with some tunes, go right ahead.

Listening to music on a cell phone had no significant effect on postural stability during a workout, according to the study of 45 college students.

The studies about the effects of cell phone use during workouts were published in the journals Computers in Human Behaviour and Performance Enhancement & Health.
- Health24

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