Is it all in your head?
Have you ever experienced a pre-race cold just before the big day when you should feel rested and tapered? With so many factors that play a role on our stress levels is it possible it is in our head? Recent research suggests this may be the case.
Research published in March of this year took a look at the role of psychological stress in marathon runners. They found that higher levels of perceived stress and worry had significant effects on immune parameters. This suggests that beyond the physical stress associated with marathon training, psychological stress too plays a role in the health of our immune system.
Just as we train our legs and lungs, training the mind may be beneficial.
Try adding an interval workout for the mind!
Take a deep breath through the nose and hold it for 5 seconds. Slowly let it out through the mouth. Incorporating little tricks like holding five deep breaths three times a day can be a simple way to reduce daily psychological stress and perhaps support a healthy immune system.