How Exercise Reduces Stress!

In Diet, Exercise, Fitness, Podcast, Psychology, Uncategorized by andrewkpt

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all well and the Olympic Games has inspired your
training and clean, lean healthy eating plan!

Hope you enjoy this article.

Research proves that regular exercise can offer many psychological and
physiological benefits. Feeling psychologically (mentally) good makes
life a lot more enjoyable. A bad day at work, an argument with your
partner, financial issues etc. can all lead to increased levels of
stress.

Stress can be defined as ‘an imbalance in physiological systems that
activate psychological and behavioural responses to restore balance.’

All people experience different levels of stress in everyday life and
it depends entirely on the person how well they are at dealing with the
stress.

Constant high levels of stress can be linked with depression …
obviously something we all would like to avoid, but is more common than
you may think!

So how can we reduce these levels of stress … Yep you guessed it
EXERCISE!!!

Stress relief exercises get rid of the pent up energy that the stress
response can create.

With some types of exercise you can release your body’s feel good
chemicals, increasing your happiness levels, muscle relaxing exercises
and deep breathing exercises can help lower levels of stress.

So how does exercise reduce stress?

•Relaxes the muscles
•Pumps more oxygen and nutrients around the body
•Utilizes the stress hormones
•Uses fat and cholesterol
•Reduces pent up frustration
•Take your mind off problems
•Improve appearance
•Provide social support
•Reduce the impact of illness
•Improve your resilience to stress

Another reason why exercise can benefit your life in a positive way.
Get yourself active before it’s too late, something light to start.

Yours always in health & fitness

Andrew K