Stress Symptom: YOU’RE DISTRACTED Whether you zone out or go over every last detail of the fight you had with your spouse, when you’re frazzled, you’re less likely to pay attention to everything from good posture to potholes. Research published in Behavioral Medicine indicated that stressed-out athletes had a narrower peripheral visual field and increased distractibility than those who were relaxed.
THE SOLUTION Run on a flat, well-lit surface, and try to pick a scenic route you find calming. “When you’re on edge, it’s easy to stop enjoying your runs,” says Bruce Gottlieb, who has advised professional and Olympic athletes in Boulder, Colorado, for the past 20 years. “So run in a place that will help you be present in the moment.” Another option: Hop on the treadmill and crank your iPod—music is a proven stress reliever.