The role of physical activity and heart rate variability for the control of work related stress

Tonello, Laís, Rodrigues, Fabío B., Souza, Jeniffer W.S., Campbell, Carmen S.G., Leicht, Anthony S., and Boullosa, Daniel A. (2014) The role of physical activity and heart rate variability for the control of work related stress. Frontiers in Physiology, 5. 67. pp. 1-9.

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Physical activity (PA) and exercise are often used as tools to reduce stress and therefore the risk for developing cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Meanwhile, heart rate variability (HRV) has been utilized to assess both stress and PA or exercise influences. The objective of the present review was to examine the current literature in regards to workplace stress, PA/exercise and HRV to encourage further studies. We considered original articles from known databases (PubMed, ISI Web of Knowledge) over the last 10 years that examined these important factors. A total of seven studies were identified with workplace stress strongly associated with reduced HRV in workers. Longitudinal workplace PA interventions may provide a means to improve worker stress levels and potentially cardiovascular risk with mechanisms still to be clarified. Future studies are recommended to identify the impact of PA, exercise, and fitness on stress levels and HRV in workers and their subsequent influence on cardiovascular health.

Item ID: 35194
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1664-042X
Keywords: autonomic nervous system; physical fitness; exercise; allostatic load; employees
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© 2014 Tonello, Rodrigues, Souza, Campbell, Leicht and Boullosa. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

Funders: CNPq
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2014 01:55
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) @ 100%
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