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A Novel Way to Manage Your Anger

It’s widely known that exercise helps combat depression, but a new study of undergraduates at the University of Georgia suggests it may also help to control anger.

Sixteen men with a “very short fuse” were shown slides designed to induce anger, then either sat quietly or rode a stationary bike for 30 minutes while their brain patterns and verbal estimations of anger were recorded. They were then shown the slides a second time.

When the men didn’t exercise, they became significantly more angry during the second viewing of the slides than the first. After exercise, however, the men’s anger leveled out and they finished the session with anger levels similar to those of the previous session.

The New York Times reported:

“When the men did not exercise, they had considerable difficulty controlling their racing emotion. But after exercise, they handled what they saw with more aplomb. Their moods were under firmer control.”

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