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Sapolsky's Why Zebra’s Don’t Get Ulcers: a charming tour of stress science

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Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, by Robert M Sapolsky, 255
Why Is Psychological Stress Stressful?
Times Books
255 (3rd ed edition)

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The stress-response is about preparing your body for an explosive burst of energy consumption right now; psychological stress is about doing all the same things to your body for no physical reason whatsoever. Exercise finally provides your body with the outlet that it was preparing for.

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Sapolsky’s explanation of the role of exercise in relieving psychological stress finally clarified the idea of “blowing off steam” for me. I had only ever understood it in that half-arsed way. I knew I wanted to run when I was freaked out, but I did not really understand why: it was impulsive, instinctive. But this idea (and a bunch of other context) really brought it into focus.

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