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Exercise: it is the chill pill for stress?

Trotman, Gavin (2018) Exercise: it is the chill pill for stress? In: University of Birmingham Graduate School Research Poster Conference 2018, 13th June 2018, University of Birmingham. (Unpublished)



Mental stress often increases our blood pressure, and makes us feel anxious, stressed and unhappy. Large increases in blood pressure and psychological responses to stress can lead to cardiovascular disease and psychological disorders. Exercise is proposed to potentially reduce these blood pressure and negative emotional responses experienced during mental stress. Forty individuals completed a 10-minute mental stress task on two separate occasions: once on its own, and once after 10-minutes of moderately high intensity cycling. Results showed blood pressure during stress was lower after exercise. However, participants also experienced greater anxiety, feelings of stress, and negative emotions such as tension and depression, during the stress following exercise. Therefore, exercise before stress may be good in reducing our blood pressure response to stress and thus reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, but bad for our psychological health by causing more negative thoughts and emotions.

Type of Work:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
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College of Life and Environmental Sciences Winner. Supervisor: Dr Joachimina Veldhuijzen Van Zanten, and Dr Sarah Williams

Date:13 June 2018
Series/Collection Name:Prizewinners from the Graduate School Research Poster Conference 2018
Subjects:Q Science > Q Science (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
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Funders:Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Copyright Status:This poster is copyright of the author and/or third parties. The intellectual property rights in respect of this work are as defined by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or as modified by any successor legislation. Any use made of information contained in this poster must be in accordance with that legislation and must be properly acknowledged.
Copyright Holders:The Author
ID Code:3122

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