Did you know that around 40% of working Australians rated work issues as one of their major causes of stress?

With the end of year fast approaching, this often means deadlines to get work done before the Christmas and New year break. The effects of prolonged stress can be detrimental, and can contribute to several health issues beyond the psychological and mental issues that stress can cause. 

Research recently published in the Journal  of Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise found that exercise could potentially decrease the levels of perceived stress. They took 200 Swedish workers and got them to fill out a stress related questionnaire, as well as taking body markers such as blood pressure, height, weight and cholesterol levels. They found that those who were stressed had risk factors associated with an increase risk of developing heart disease. They also found that those who were stressed had higher levels of cholesterol. Conversely, those who exercised or had higher fitness levels were less susceptible to stress and had a decreased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and cholesterol. 

So once again, exercise wins! 

Cortisol levels are usually high in those who are stressed. Cortisol impacts on memory, more specifically the ability to retrieve long term memory as well as the ability to learn. When you exercise, you release cortisol, allowing for the body to build up resilience and decrease the effect it has on the body. 

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