Stress Is A Bit Of A Pain

Pre-race anx­i­ety can make you overly sen­si­tive

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Avoid­ing pre-race anx­i­ety

HERE’S AN­OTHER REA­SON to try to have a stress-free week in the run-up to your next race: be­ing stressed out can turn you into a wimp. In a re­cent study1, 16 com­pet­i­tive triath­letes were sub­jected to a paintol­er­ance test fol­low­ing a tough arith­metic task. De­spite usu­ally hav­ing pain-tol­er­ance thresh­olds well above their seden­tary peers, the stressed-out sub­jects ex­hib­ited a sen­si­tiv­ity to pain roughly equiv­a­lent to that of in­ac­tive peo­ple. Re­searchers said the re­sults were likely to hold true for other en­durance ath­letes, such as run­ners. Re­duce pre-race stress lev­els by lim­it­ing chal­leng­ing tasks – DIY, work pre­sen­ta­tions etc – in the days lead­ing up to the event and by re­hears­ing your pre-race rou­tine.

THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS Don’t let pre- race stress ruin your big day

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