What kinds of stressors were used?
This study primarily addresses the physical elements of stress. I have my own personal observation on the effects of exercise on emotional stress. Dr. Ken Cooper’s first edition of “Aerobics” in 1968 was the inspiration to start running; I started my exercise journey 34 years ago. I’ve run continuously since then and logged close to 50,000 miles of running. Exercise has really made a major difference in my life and helped me to achieve many of my goals. It’s very clear to me that while exercise can help a person regain your physical health, exercise doesn’t address all of the emotional stressors that can affect your heart and therefore your blood pressure. This was certainly true for me when I was challenged with a personal emotional catastrophe that forced me to seriously examine my own emotional health. That crisis motivated me to pursue a variety of healing modalities. I rapidly concluded a cognitively based psychotherapy approach was not helpful to me. However, I discovered that I