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New research discovers jogging is not effective for stress relief


Mar 25, 2024

The study was motivated by the rising popularity of “anger rooms” in the US and Europe, where people are encouraged to release anger by breaking things such as glass, plates, and electronic devices. Dr. Sofi Kerwick, one of the researchers involved, wanted to challenge the notion that expressing anger is an effective way to cope with it. Instead, the study aimed to show that reducing arousal is a more beneficial method for releasing tension.

In the study, 154 research studies were analyzed, involving over 10,000 participants from various genders, ages, cultures, and backgrounds. The findings revealed that activities that heightened physiological arousal and body heat did not alleviate feelings of stress and anger; in fact, they often exacerbated them. On the other hand, activities like deep breathing, relaxation, meditation, yoga, muscle relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing, and taking a time out were found to effectively reduce anger.

Interestingly, the researchers discovered that running was one of the activities that actually increased feelings of anger, contrary to popular belief. Professor Brad Bushman from Ohio State University, who led the research team, emphasized the importance of dispelling the myth that venting anger through intense physical activity is beneficial for stress relief. He noted that while certain physical activities may be beneficial for the heart, they are not the most effective ways to manage anger.

Bushman added that angry individuals may feel the urge to vent, but scientific evidence suggests that engaging in vigorous activity only strengthens aggression in the long run. Therefore, it is essential to recognize that while venting anger may provide temporary relief, it does not address the root causes of anger and may ultimately perpetuate aggressive behavior.

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