30 Sep '14, 10am

Focus on your run-not your worries-to reduce stress and muscle tension.

Maybe your 15-year-old Labrador isn't doing well. Maybe your boss has been pressuring you to stay late. Maybe you were dumped. On your wedding day. With a text. Whatever the reason, when you have a bad day or week, your instinct is to lace up and work it out on the road. But run superstressed, experts say, and your typical interval-induced Zen might elude you. In fact, you could be setting yourself up for injury. For the most part, running is touted as a mental tonic. Research has shown that your routine four-miler helps keep granule neurons in the brain from firing, making you better able to deal with anger, anxiety, or grief, the negative emotions referred to, collectively, as stress. But there's a flip side: Research also indicates that running during an especially rough life patch can make you more susceptible to stress and even injury. Two studies reported that negati...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/sports-psychology/forget-your...

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