Mental Stress vs. Mental Fatigue

Quick follow-up on a study I blogged about last month , which found that your muscles take longer to recover after a workout if you're stressed out. I had a chance to follow up with the lead author of the study, Matthew Stults-Kolehmainen of the Yale Stress Center, for my column in this week's Globe and Mail : [...] On its own, stress isn’t necessarily bad, says Matthew Stults-Kolehmainen, the study’s lead author. Exercise itself is a form of stress that triggers changes that make your body stronger, and the fight-or-flight mechanism, in response to sudden stress, helps you react to crises. But the system breaks down for chronically stressed people when they’re confronted with an acute stressor like exercise. “They may have the same reaction as less stressed individuals,” Dr. Stults-Kolehmainen says, “but the toll on their bodies and minds after the threat has cleared may ...

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