During times of stress, getting enough exercise is of utmost importance. Research shows that staying fit through exercise can actually reduce the production of stress hormones. Think of exercise as the ultimate stress reducer.
While physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing the effects of stress, you don’t have to be an athlete or spend hours in a gym to experience the benefits. Just about any form of physical activity can help relieve stress and burn away anger, tension, and frustration. Not only does exercise releases endorphins that boost your mood and make you feel good, but it can also serve as a valuable time-out from your daily cares.
The Exercise and Stress Connection
Aerobic exercise, in particular, can be one of the most effective approaches for dealing with stress because it can improve your cardiovascular system and decrease your anxiety level. Experts recommend that the aerobic part of your exercise be at least 15 minutes and, depending on your age, be done with at least a day’s rest between any two of the same routines to let your body recuperate. For optimal benefits, you should exercise at least three days a week in order to improve not only your health, but also your mental outlook.
You don’t have to go to a gym or buy expensive equipment to get aerobic exercise. Walking or jogging around your neighborhood is a great start. Bicycle riding is also an option. If you can’t leave your house, you can easily find online workout routines or physical fitness apps right on your phone. Many are even free! The key is to do something to move your body and get your heart rate up.
Any increase in aerobic activity will increase the flow of nutritious blood to your brain, which all neuroscientists agree is a good thing. It should also be noted that individuals who are more physically fit experience fewer health troubles. They are also less likely to suffer from psychological problems such as depression, binge eating, insomnia, or other similar type challenges.
Tip: Incorporating exercise into your life is critical for good health. What steps can you take today to increase your physical activity, and thereby decrease your stress?
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