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Get fit to beat work stress and heart disease

Friday, May 17, 2013

LGEGet fit to beat work stress

Getting active may be the key to beating work stress, according to researchers who have found that those under strain at work may be at more risk of developing heart problems.

One way people can get fitter and healthier is to change the way they commute to and from work.

By swapping the car or bus ride for a cycle or walk, stressed out employees may find the weight of the world lifting off their shoulders.

After all, researchers from University College London discovered that those feeling the pressure of the workplace are 25 per cent more likely to experience a heart attack or suffer from cardiovascular problems.

In addition to changing the way you commute, making other lifestyle changes can lead to a calmer, more relaxed existence.

This includes cutting down on junk food, reducing the amount of alcohol that is consumed and quitting smoking altogether.

"For many people avoidance of work stress is unrealistic," lead researcher professor Mika Kivimaki, from University College London, told Reuters.

"Thus, we wanted to ask the question whether adopting an otherwise healthy lifestyle would reduce heart disease risk among those with job strain."

His team at the university analysed data compiled from seven comprehensive studies that had surveyed over 102,000 Europeans.

These research projects had questioned participants about their lifestyle, how they travelled, their level of fitness and whether they found work to be detrimental to their health.

While none of the respondents had heart disease at the outset of the study, over the next seven years there were, on average, around 1,100 heart attacks or deaths from cardiovascular problems, the online news provider stated.

Professor Kivimaki was able to confirm that in four per cent of heart attacks and instances of disease, the primary cause was job strain. Therefore, making an effort to boost how fit and healthy you are, can enhance your quality of life and beat stress.

He added: "We hope this message reaches those who want to reduce their heart disease risk but feel they cannot avoid work stress."

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