Does being watched influence how you exercise?

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07/01/2013 at 12:30

RW mag wants to hear your thoughts...

When a woman started watching male study subjects on the treadmill, they reported a significant drop in RPE (rate of perceived exertion). The opposite was true when a man turned his gaze on them: male watchers made male runners feel they were working harder than they actually were.

Why so? The researchers have no idea - have you got a theory?

07/01/2013 at 12:50

My thoughts are...

 What practical use is this research supposed to be?  

07/01/2013 at 12:52

I don't know about that but when I'm running and feel exhausted I may stop to take a walk, but if there are pedestrians about I know I'll not stop, a little pride I gues, and maybe I take more notice of what others think than I'd like to believe.

07/01/2013 at 13:11
Wilkie wrote (see)

My thoughts are...

 What practical use is this research supposed to be?  

Bunch of male researchers watching scantily clad women get all hot and sweaty ?

Where do you get a job like that ?

cougie    pirate
07/01/2013 at 13:14
It's genius Dave !
Can I join your team please ?
07/01/2013 at 13:37
Katie RW wrote (see)

RW mag wants to hear your thoughts...

When a woman started watching male study subjects on the treadmill, they reported a significant drop in RPE (rate of perceived exertion). The opposite was true when a man turned his gaze on them: male watchers made male runners feel they were working harder than they actually were.

Why so? The researchers have no idea - have you got a theory?

 

If the greater/lesser effort is only perceived rather than actual then it doesn't mean a bliddy thing does it? It's like me thinking, "my hair looks nice today" or "my hair looks horrible today" - it's just a thought, nothing more.

 

Edited: 07/01/2013 at 13:40
07/01/2013 at 13:46

And sorry to disappoint you guys, but there was no mention of men watching scantily-clad women exercise. Just a woman watching men and a man watching men 

07/01/2013 at 13:54

It's the thought that counts so thank you for 10 minutes of enjoyable daydreaming Dave

07/01/2013 at 14:07
Katie RW wrote (see)

- have you got a theory?


Shouldn't we start with a hypothesis? 

07/01/2013 at 14:30

 What about a control and placebo group?

Are you sure there are loads of woman watching me run, I can't see them?

Yes and there all very impressed and want to meet you afterwards, unless you're to tired.

No no, not at all this is..puff puff.. easy.

07/01/2013 at 14:30

being watched certainly makes you up your game.

Anyone who has ever done a race where miles are on exposed lanes with noone around, and then comes up to a place with supporters knows that!

gently ease up to high speed...then back down when out of sight

07/01/2013 at 15:08

The bloke will try and look as cool as he can.

Bliddy obvious

07/01/2013 at 15:27
Katie RW wrote (see)

RW mag wants to hear your thoughts...

Why so? The researchers have no idea - have you got a theory?

This reminds me of that Mitchell & Webb sketch parodying TV shows that invite viewers to comment. "You probably don't know anything about this subject, but I'll bet you reckon something. Why not send us your reckons?"

07/01/2013 at 15:28
Katie RW wrote (see)

Why so? The researchers have no idea - have you got a theory?

 

The women took their mind off the fact that they where exercising, or in other words a good ogle of the ladies distracted them. Most likely thinking "oh nice legs on her" etc rather than having their mind on their running.

Second instance basic male competitiveness. They want to be seen as faster/stronger than the guys watching. This means they will be focusing far more on their running.

Edited: 07/01/2013 at 15:28
07/01/2013 at 18:11

I certainly try to run with better posture or faster or both when I notice another runner coming towards me, same as if I see a photographer during a race, but in that case it's usually too late.

 

 

07/01/2013 at 19:19

"They" are always watching me.

08/01/2013 at 08:09

When I am getting physical and a women is watching me the blood seems to flow more and my performance becomes more vigorous. If I was being watched by another man I think my performance would flop, especially if he had a bigger performance in him.

08/01/2013 at 08:18

how fast you run/how much you lift is directly proportional to attractivness of the person around you X by the probability of eye of the tiger being on the radio. 

08/01/2013 at 09:28

women watching men excerise - lower perceived exertion - the men are trying to convince the ladies that this isnt hard work and i can do this easily

men watching men exercise - increased perceived exertion - the men are trying to convince the watching men that what i am doing is incredibly difficult.

so men want to impress women by how easy they find it and keep men at arms length by showing difficult it is. 

08/01/2013 at 10:25
fros t. the mouse wrote (see)

"They" are always watching me.

But they're talking to me ...

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