Life Stress and recovery
life stress is total
The researchers found that students who scored highest on the stress measuring questionnaires had an impaired ability to recover from this hard resistance-training exercise bout. In fact those with the lowest levels of perceived stress returned to baseline strength level several times faster than those that reported higher levels of stress.Although this study was done on young healthy individuals using a resistance exercise protocol, the result most likely carries over to other forms of exercise like running and also carries over to athletes who might be well-past their "college age". Knowing that higher levels of chronic psychological stress are associated with delayed recovery from physical strain, athletes who sense they are experiencing a higher level of psychological stress in their lives may want to monitor their recovery from workouts a bit more closely and be ready and willing to moderate their training in order to avoid pushing themselves into an injured state.
Worth pondering - what's your cumulative stress like? Life stress is total, try to keep it to a level your body can recover from!To your health - Coach Janet Hamilton, MA, RCEP, CSCS