Looking for study showing that running on the treadmill while reading is less effective than focused running.
A year or so ago, in the IDEA Journal, an article appeared about this. I'd like to find it. Something along the line of your exercise harder and better when you JUST exercise, rather than try to distract yourself from it. Any ideas where I might find this?
If your client's goal is to IMPROVE their cardiovascular fitness they need to up their intensity in order to progressively overload their system - period. I use analogies a lot in explaining concepts to my clients. One I like to use regarding overload and intensity is I will take out a pencil and say "there is no doubt that this pencil has weight - right? So, what if everyday I came to the gym, lifted this pencil 150 times - do you think that I will start to get stronger?" Of course this is a ridiculous example, but the underlying message is clear - you improve through manipulating the intensity of your exercise in order to overload your system.
I hope that this helps.
I wonder whether this is the article you were looking for http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/fashion/18FITNESS.html?_r=0.
Regardless of any research done about this issue, I agree with you that doing both it's counterproductive. I often see many people on treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, etc. who like to read while they are exercising and it makes me wonder. It's impossible to do both and get a great workout out of it. There is a time to read and then there is a time to workout. It's like driving and texting (or reading). Sometimes multitasking is not the most efficient way to accomplish a task. On the other hand, listening to music can be very effective and beneficial. I like to keep things simple.
Many people go on the treadmill to say they did 40 minutes, I always ask 40 minutes of what exactly? reading and walking?
I am wondering about your attitude towards people who read while exercising. You are all absolutely right: it is NOT the ideal way to work out. But before I have people not working out cardiovascularly at all, I'd run and get them a book or magazine myself.
Since the question posed here is really related to exercise intensity, not, whether some exercise is better than no exercise, (I think that most fitness professionals would answer 'yes' if posed with that question). Given the dichotomy of choosing an intensity that allows one to read (AND I assume comprehend what they're reading) versus exercising when not distracted. by reading - I think that most of us would agree that a person would get a 'harder' workout (the word used by the questioner) without the distraction of reading and comprehending.
I hope that this clarifies why I answered Nicole's question as I did since this is how I interpreted her question.
Any exercise is better than none, for sure. But for people looking for "the most bang for their buck", so to speak, turn of the TV and iPod, put down the book/magazine, and think about your movement.
I found something at www.elon.edu that is good, but doesn't have hard data. I'm certain there's some out there somewhere!