Reduction of Cardiac Risk Factors by Autogenic Training and Physical Training

  • Malcolm Carruthers


Physical training has long been regarded as one of the ways of balancing up the physical responses induced by stress, and the craze for jogging has become a mania to the extent that psychiatrists and psychologists, being unable to beat the craze, have joined it and now run alongside their patients as part of the treatment of depression (1). Not only is this regarded as having a powerful influence in reducing cardiac risk factors (2) and preventing (3) and treating (4) coronary heart disease, but there are encouraging signs that by regularly increasing the level of sympathetic activity by periods of vigorous but not violent physical activity, there is a beneficial rebound enhancement of parasympathetic activity in the resting state. This is shown by the lower blood pressure, slower pulse rate, and greater sinus arrhythmia effect seen in individuals who undertake physical training. As shown by the research at the City Gymnasium in London reported by myself and Alistair Murray in our book “F/40: Fitness on 30 Minutes a Week” (5). the amount of exercise needed to achieve a significant and useful cardioprotective training effect is fortunately relatively small and can be controlled safely by attention to maximum pulse rate and perceived exertion. We are also developing wrist watches which will automatically signal when either heart rate or blood pressure exceed predetermined safety levels.


Uric Acid Physical Training Parasympathetic Activity Cardiac Risk Factor Autogenic Training 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Malcolm Carruthers
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  1. 1.Director of Clinical Laboratory ServicesMaudsley & Bethlem Royal HospitalLondonUK

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