Recent research has shown that anger and exercise might be a bad combination because they increase the risk of a heart attack. For instance, when you are upset or angry, you should avoid going out for a run or challenging yourself with an intensive workout program.
Based on the latest findings, if you work out while you are stressed or angry, the chances to have a heart attack triple in just an hour, so you should always try to have a gentle approach to physical exercises in such cases.
This study has no intention to discourage serious fitness enthusiasts as it is a common fact that regular workouts are natural remedies to deal with stress and other conditions reducing the risk of diabetes, cancer, brain disease, heart problems, and obesity. However, scientists stress that the worst time to exercise is when you are angry.
Besides consuming a lot of energy, anger and exercise boost your heart rate too much causing a tremendous blood pressure. In other words, instead of dealing with stress, you get the opposite effect.
According to Barry Jacobs, a volunteer from the American Heart Association and Crozer-Keystone Health System psychologist, this study has proved once again that our brains and bodies share a strong connection.
Also, this is not the first time a team of scientists tried to prove that anger and exercise are a bad mix. Compared to previous attempts, the latest study was quite large as it included 12,461 participants from 52 countries who had suffered a first heart attack.
It is worth mentioning that 75 percent of the participants were men and the median age of all persons involved in the study was 58 years.
During the survey, the patients were asked if they had been upset or angry in any way, or whether they had gone for a challenging workout in the hour before the heart attack or on the day of the incident.
Based on their answers, researchers calculated that being upset or angry made those patients twice more likely to suffer a heart attack in an hour as it also applied to those who went under heavy exertion.
On the other hand, the combination of anger and exercise tripled the risk of having a heart attack within the same amount of time. In addition, this greatest risk was between six p.m. and midnight and didn’t rely on other possible causes such as obesity, high blood pressure, or smoking.
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