STAY IN SHAPE TO STYMIE STRESS
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.