When stress weighs you down, the tendency may be to overindulge in alcohol or comfort foods, veg out in front of the TV or hide out under the blankets.
An athletic person might even opt for a long run. But fitness experts say there is a better bet for quicker stress-busting results: explosive interval training with periods of rest meshed in. Extended workout sessions aren't as effective at immediately managing pressure as targeted, intense bursts of activity which can improve your mood within minutes, fitness experts say.
Knowing that a 30-minute workout nets more positive results than an hour-long or more session should be good news, as lack of time is the No. 1 excuse people use for not doing the healthy things they know will help manage their stress, including exercising and eating well.
More than 50 percent of people said they were living with moderate and high levels of stress, with money (76 percent), work (70 percent) and the economy (65 percent) as the main causes, according to the American Psychological Association's 2010 "Stress in America" study. More than 1,000 adults ages 18 and older participated in the annual online study, including 100 adults who were parents of children then ages 8 t0 17.
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