Stress Relief and Exercise

Stress can come in many forms, generally most of us feel some of these pressures in our everyday lives. The stress of financial worries, traffic jams, stress at work, deadlines to meet, family pressures are some of many factors contributing to our level of stress in this fast paced world.

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What is Stress?
Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense. The body affects of stress are characterised by headaches, muscular tension, depression, irritability, anxiety, increased blood pressure and heart rate.

When the boby is under this type of pressure, many physical problems can occur, and you can feel panicky, anxious, irritable and fatigued. This can lead to lack of productivity at work and in your personal life and sleeplessness.

If these symptoms go on for to long, many physical disorders such as heart attacks, hypertension, depression, weight gain and headaches can occur. Stress can affect different people in different ways. The above conditions are a few examples of what can occur.

How Do We Reduce Stress?
As we now are more aware of the pressures in our daily lives and the causes, there is more information available to alieviate stress problems.

Regular Exercise
Regular sports practice such as martial arts, team sports, weight training, running, yoga, all these types of things are great for reducing stress. As our body produces Endorphins with the increase of blood flow and additional oxygen exercises produces, we feel good. Endorphines are our bodies feel good chemical.   In short exercise clears the cobwebs, and helps us knock out that anxiety and tension.
Some days a little bit of exercise seems like the last thing you feel like doing. Those are the days that a little exercise can make you feel like you have accomplished something positive and give you the motivation to make it through the rest of your week. The benefits to your physical and mental well being will be worthwhile.

 

Sleep

Regular exercise helps us sleep better by using up that nervous and anxious energy in a constructive way.
Stress can definitely hurt our sleep requirements. Sleep is one of the most important things for us, its when we recover, and rebuild. The body needs adequate rest and sleep to recouperate from the pressures of this fast paced lifestyle.
Eat Healthy

Stress can cause us to skip meals and supress our appetiteswhich is not healthy.
We need proper nutrition, and lots of water everyday. Our bodies need good fuel to run healthy. Maintaining a well balanced diet is an important factor to combatting stress.

Be Organized
Being disorganized or procrastinating only adds to stress and can create added pressure. Exercise and relaxation in the form of yoga or meditation can help to combat stress, which in turn can calm the mind to focus and organise itself to be aware of the tasks and priorities of your day.

Exercising helps the body to feel good. Feeling good and looking good is great for our self-esteem and confidence and these both contribute to combating daily stress

Exercise is the key to less stressful life.

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2 Responses to “Stress Relief and Exercise”

  1. Rob
    February 13, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    I’ve noticed that when my stress level increases at home I lose sleep and then everything else suffers. But when I get to the gym it really releases something that eases my stress level and helps me sleep. Now I have a better understanding as to why.

  2. James
    February 16, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

    There’s too much stress in the world. I think one of my biggest stressors is not being able to keep organized. No matter what I’m always putting things in the wrong spot and it is keeping me behind the eight ball.

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