GET FIT: Exercise is one of the easiest ways to reduce the effects of stress
Stress often occurs when you’re worried about something, feeling pressured, or facing big changes in your life.
It can also accumulate if you are going through a period of uncertainty or if you feel like you have no control over certain situations.
Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to reduce stress.
Exercise is one of the best things! Here’s how exercise helps clear your mind:
1. Increase endorphinsYou’ve probably heard the hype around endorphins. These are your body’s natural painkillers and when released they give you a noticeable “high”. Long periods of moderate to high intensity exercise increases the release of endorphins, which is why you’ll often feel your spirits lift after a workout. , leaving you less likely to feel stressed.
2. Fight or FlightFight or flight is your natural, pre-programmed reaction to any stressful situation.
The problem, however, is that much of today’s stress doesn’t require physical combat or running, but your body still provides the necessary chemicals.
It can make you anxious and stressed. The best and most logical way to relieve this feeling is to exercise.
Sprint, lift weights or go for a long bike ride. This is how your body was supposed to react.
3. Rhythm and FlowSome exercises, like running, biking, or lifting weights, get you into a rhythm. This rhythmic flow of repetitive action relaxes your mind. It can help clear your head after a stressful day.
4. Human interactionNot everyone chooses to exercise alone.
Attending a spinning class, joining a boot camp, or going on a group run not only helps you get your daily exercise, but also allows you to interact with other people who are probably going through the same stresses of life. modern.
This human interaction will help you release some of the negativity associated with stress and make you feel less alone about your problems.
5. Sleep betterFeeling stressed and not being able to sleep can be a vicious cycle.
Lack of sleep can increase your stress and make it even harder to catch up on sleep the next night.
Exercise not only helps break this cycle by allowing you to handle stress better in the first place, but it also helps you feel tired at night so you can fall into a deep sleep without having to toss and turn. to return to.
6. An organized lifeStress can be caused by a lack of organization and planning, whether in your work or family life.
Following a training plan, where you set regular weekly goals and ultimately have a sense of accomplishment, will help transfer those skills to other areas.
And if your stress isn’t caused by scheduling, just knowing you have a stress-busting workout on your schedule a few times a week will help put your mind at rest.
The next time you feel stressed, avoid alcohol or comfort foods, try exercising instead.
This might just be what you need to relax, unwind and clear your head!
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