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10 Ways Stress Can Mess with Your Workouts

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  • A workout can be a great way to unwind after a stressful day, but psychological stress can derail your exercise efforts in surprising ways
  • Physical and mental fatigue affect the same region of your brain—the anterior cingulate cortex—so if you are mentally fatigued, you’ll likely be physically fatigued as well
  • Studies show that mental stress significantly affects physical performance, as well as decreasing the odds of your fitness follow-through
  • Ten ways stress interferes with your workouts are reviewed, including impaired motor coordination, slower recovery, and higher risk of injury
  • If your stress levels are high, the solution is not to skip your workout, but make adjustments to your routine and add in more stress management measures

By Dr. Mercola

A workout can be a great way to unwind after a stressful day, but ruminating over that unpleasant meeting with your boss may make your exercise session less effective.

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