☠️ Mental stress has been shown to have lots of negative effects on physiology. However, is stress also something you should manage for optimal recovery in the gym?
A study found that mental stress also affects your strength recovery. Here’s how:
️♂️ This study investigated whether mental stress impacts your recovery from heavy resistance exercise.
Subjects were categorized into groups based on their stress level. The subjects first established their 10 repetition max (10RM; the maximal weight they can use for 10 reps). After this, they performed another 6 sets with as many reps as possible at 80-90% of their 10RM weight.
All groups saw a large reduction in muscular force immediately after the workout and. While all groups recovered some strength in the following hour, strength recovery was lower in the high-stress group.
♀️Therefore, managing mental stress is not just important for your overall health, but should also be taken into account in your training schedule.
In conclusion, high mental stress has a negative effect on short-term muscle strength recovery after a heavy lifting session.
How do you manage stress?
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(via Nutrition Tactics)