When we think of exercise and stress, many of us don’t really understand how closely the two are related.
There are volumes of books available sharing a variety of different remedies to relieve stress, with something for everyone I’m sure.
But it takes time to sort through so much information for the technique or system that works for you.
Guess what??? The simple answer may be right in front of your eyes!
Just by engaging in some vigorous aerobic workout, like riding a bike or going running, you can lower your stress levels almost immediately.
Did you ever notice how people tend to be less tense or anxious after exercising? They typically seem to be more energetic as well, wouldn’t you agree?
This subsequently translates into a better overall mood along with improved memory and learning ability.
How Does Exercise Do all Of This?
Well, many of the same physiological systems employed during the “stress response,” are likewise forced to communicate more closely during strenuous activity.
So not only are you getting stronger and healthier on the surface, but your internal bodily communication network is also being worked out.
This will in turn counteract the sedentary lifestyle we often fall into, which weakens our response to stress over time.
Additionally, your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, also known as endorphins, get jacked up during regular exercise!
In fact, it just may be THE universal remedy anyone can use…starting today!
What If I Don’t Have The Time?
Your schedule may not allow you enough flexibility to exercise an hour or two a day.
That’s quite alright, you can still benefit from the stress relieving effects of a fitness regimen without altering your current lifestyle too much.
Even if you managed to get three 10 minute workouts in a day, you would still feel a substantial difference in your health and well-being.
Sometimes when I’m getting a bit stressed during the week, I’ll use my break periods to shadowbox or jump rope, and I can then go back to work relaxed and able to focus.
Naturally you’ll experience more endorphin release by exercising for longer intervals on a regular basis, if time permits.
But just by reviewing your daily schedule for moments of opportunity to move your body around a bit can do wonders!
Exercise And Stress Relief Go Hand In Hand
You don’t need an expensive gym membership or fancy machines to reap the rewards of steady exercise, either.
Any type of aerobic activity such as biking, walking, and jogging can help raise the heart rate and therefore relieve some tension.
A pickup game of basketball after work a few times a week will do the job, and it’s fun!!!
There are so many different ways to do it, trying a new routine everyday for a month will still not even scratch the surface.
Believe me, it’s easy to get addicted after a while…
This type of addiction, however, will improve your life and enable you to better handle whatever fate throws your way:)
You will find yourself increasingly using this method whenever things get a little rough.
Bad day at work? Some project deadline that won’t let you rest? Getting a good sweat or hitting the weights will often do the trick.
Recognizing the connection between exercise and stress is a step in the right direction towards living life on your terms.
As always, consult with your doctor before starting any workout routine, but then…
What are you waiting for, just get out there and do something!!!