Health tips — May 2016

How heart rate variability may be linked to stress and how money can be a motivator to get fit.

DON’T SWEAT IT

Stressing about stress can be as unhealthy as the condition itself, finds a study in Psychosomatic Medicine.

Examining a link between daily stress and heart rate variability (variation in gaps between heartbeats), researchers asked participants to report how many stressful events they experienced daily and rate them from “not at all” to “very” stressful. They also reported negative emotions. Participants who noted events as more stressful or had a greater spike in negative emotions showed lower heart rate variability and “have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death,” says one researcher.

— Yvette Trancoso

GAIN SOME, LOSE SOME

The fear of losing money is a better motivator to stay fit than a desire to gain it, finds a University of Pennsylvania study.

In the study, 281 participants aimed to complete 7,000 steps per day for 26 weeks. They were broken into four groups: one received no money; the second received money each day the goal was met; the third was entered into a lottery each day, and the fourth was given the total reward but lost a portion for unreached goals. Those in the last group achieved their daily goal 50% more often than those who were only given a reward for reaching goals.

— Agnes Borowik

About the Authors

Agnes Borowik


Agnes Borowik is a freelance writer based in Burlington, Ont.

Yvette Trancoso


Yvette Trancoso is an associate editor at CPA Magazine.

comments powered by Disqus

Highlights

Jointly presented by CPA Canada and CPA Ontario, The ONE is the must-attend, multi-track event of the year, designed for all CPAs who want to be at the top of their game.

Our Firm Directory allows you to search for Canadian CPA firms using our interactive map as well as other criteria.

You’re in the eye of the storm amid a swirl of slips, forms and receipts. Chart your way through tax-time turbulence with these updates and resources.