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Light Improves Athletic Performance
A variety of factors influence athletic performance: Physical fitness and stamina, as well as the manner of nutrition, probably have the most impact. But a new study found another aspect, which had remained widely unconsidered: light.
Increased performance with brighter light
Scientific studies at the Universities of Groningen (Netherlands)
Light influences personal mood
Besides improved athletic performance, other non-visual light-effects positively influence the human body. Light increases vitality, the ability to concentrate, and prevents signs of fatigue. Mainly responsible for the human body clock, light functions as a timer for phases of sleeping and awakening. Further medical studies show that light has an antidepressant and revitalising effect. This can also be seen in daily life: Light often has a positive effect on people’s mood. Moreover, it is of great importance as a motivating factor, whether at work or during sport.
Optimising and monitoring training
According to the international group of researchers, the new findings about the connection between body clock, lighting and performance have special meaning for athletes: By scheduling training at the right time of day, with the right lighting, they can optimise their performance. Furthermore, athletes can prepare their body clock for the time of competition by training in specific phases of light. Therefore, it is important to use the bright hours during the day to achieve the best possible performance. In order to monitor the personal performance, it is helpful to use running computers (e.g. JogStyle from Omron), which measure both current and average data for speed, distance and running time. Thanks to modern 3-D sensor technology and memory function, users can individually monitor and analyse positive performance moments at the right time.
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