Nursing students in the US state of California have taken to social media to share their personal experience of being on a high-intensity exercise programme in which they can’t even move for several hours.
A group of US nursing students from California University of San Diego have taken a new approach to their high-impact exercise regimen after discovering that they could only move for around two hours a day during the week.
After attending a fitness class at a nearby hospital, the students noticed that they were in a constant state of stress.
The exercise programme was designed to help them recover from these “stress-induced” injuries.
The group took up the challenge after noticing that their patients tended to complain of feeling dizzy after exercising.
So, the team set out to investigate the causes of their chronic dizziness.
To their surprise, the symptoms they experienced while working out were actually related to their increased levels of stress and tension.
The exercise group was able to exercise for a total of five hours per day, including up to three hours of running at a time.
The students found that the exercise regimen helped to calm their bodies and to reduce their stress.
The result was that the students reported feeling “more relaxed, less stressed and more energetic” when exercising.
The researchers believe that their results are due to the fact that they are exercising in a state of relative relaxation and a state that was previously known to be associated with improved mental wellbeing.
The new study was carried out by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The findings have important implications for people with chronic fatigue syndrome, which has been linked to stress-induced injury.
“In this case, we were able to identify a condition that may be directly related to increased levels or severity of stress, which in turn may be linked to a reduction in performance on cognitive tasks and/or physical fitness,” Professor Mark Hahn, a researcher from NCCAM and the study’s first author, told news.com.au.
“However, we also found that people were able and able to perform tasks that were not normally required of them in terms of physical fitness.
This suggests that in some cases the reduced physical fitness may have contributed to the improvement in cognitive function.”
The research team also found a correlation between exercise and decreased levels of cortisol, a hormone that regulates energy metabolism.
“Cortisol is the body’s ‘fight or flight’ hormone and when it goes up it can also increase the risk of stress-related injuries such as dizziness, headache and fatigue,” Professor Hahn explained.
“We found that exercise had a protective effect on cortisol, which suggests that exercise may also protect against chronic fatigue.”
“We have previously shown that cortisol has a beneficial effect on cognitive function in some people with mild to moderate fatigue,” he added.
“But, the current study showed that it has a positive effect on a broader spectrum of health outcomes.”
Professor Hahn said the research team’s findings are important because it highlights the importance of the ability to use physical exercise to promote health and wellbeing.
“It’s important to remember that physical activity is beneficial in a wide range of contexts, but it’s particularly important when people are under chronic stress,” he said.
“For example, it may help people cope with depression, anxiety and anxiety disorders.”
In this study, the researchers were able for the first time to examine whether exercise could improve cognitive function and physical fitness as well.
“This is the first study to look at the effect of exercise on cognitive functioning and physical activity in a healthy population and we believe this to be a promising area of research,” Dr Andrew Rennie, senior lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences at NCCEM and a senior author on the paper, told News.com