STAY IN SHAPE TO STYMIE STRESS

Runner's World (UK) - - Warm-ups -

Run­ning may not pre­vent work stress, but it can for­tify you against its detri­men­tal ef­fects, shows new re­search1. The study found that while stressed peo­ple had higher val­ues for most car­dio­vas­cu­lar risk fac­tors than non-stressed peo­ple, fit­ness less­ened the neg­a­tive ef­fects. For ex­am­ple, LDL choles­terol val­ues were clin­i­cally high in stressed work­ers with a low fit­ness level, but not in fit-but-stressed work­ers. So keep run­ning even when the go­ing gets tough else­where in your life, but watch the anger – another re­cent study 2 found ex­er­cis­ing while an­gry raised heart at­tack risk three­fold. Rage raises heart rate and blood pres­sure – so the added strain of ex­er­cise can be risky.

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