Everyone wants to shield themselves from the toxic impacts that stress brings. And according to a new study, you can protect yourself. Here’s how.

We all are well aware that stress can cause great damage to our physical health, behavior, and mood. According to the “Mayo Clinic” stress can also easily direct to problems like sleep issues, headaches, pain in the chest, anger, irritation, anxiety, depression, abuse of food, and drugs and alcohol. Even, the World Health Organization (WHO) considers work-related stress to be the “health epidemic of the 21st century.”


You may not be able to entirely erase stress from your life, but you can protect yourself from the disastrous effects it brings.


A study issued in the journal “Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise” observed how physical fitness affected people’s experience of a high-stress work situation. Fitness level, blood pressure, body mass index, triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood sugar concentration of about 200 Swedish employees were measured by the researchers of this study. Then, the participators were requested to share their current understanding of stress.


And the researchers’ doubts were confirmed by the answers. Those who were feeling more stressed had higher cardiovascular risks across the board while those who were feeling lower stress were in better physical state. The researchers could even recognize stress variations in participants with high, medium, and low levels of fitness. Professor Markus Gerber of the University of Basel, (where the study was conducted) supposes the conclusions are notable because it’s when we’re the most stressed that we tend to exercise the least. But that’s specifically when we should exercise more. The findings can also propose viable treatments for stress-related disorders.


We all should occupy ourselves in some kind of exercise as the CDC suggests. At least two and a half hours per week we all should be doing anything that keeps our bodies moving. You can reach the goal in 10-minute pauses spattered during the week. You can take your dog for a quick stroll, doing arm curls or squats while watching TV, plus gardening, raking, and shoveling. Yoga is the perfect choice for a double-duty exercise. Because it does not just keep us physically fit but has been proved to help lessen our stress.

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