Exercise and Stress
According to the Mayo Clinic, “exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries”.
What does fitness do for you?
- Anti aging
- Stronger muscles
- Better muscle tone
- Positive affects on the brain
- Success at work
- Less sick days
- Stronger joints
- More functionality
- Great skin
- Toxin release
- The list is getting too long to continue, but you get the idea!
In addition to all of this, exercise also helps us with the big, bad S word that we all deal with, sometimes all too often. We all know stress comes from good and not so good experiences and affects us at work, in the home, at family functions, in school and everywhere in between. But, did you know stress affects hormones, causes magnesium loss, hair loss, sleep loss, leads to digestion issues and weight gain around the mid section, and much more? Yikes!
Exercise can be the one, two punch you need to reducing the effects of stress. Take back control and get more:
- Feel happy
- Be in control
- Sleep better
Exercise helps you focus on the physical activity, not the stressor. It will oxygenate your mind and help you think clearly through to a solution. Word of caution, when done too much, too intensely or with bad form, exercise can lead to more stress so it’s important to listen to your body and know your capabilities.
So whether you’re stressed about bathing suit season, the rapidly approaching kids’ summer break or planning the family vacation, a good bout of exercise may clear your mind and give you that positive mental attitude and strength to conquer anything that lies ahead!!! Even better, exercise with a friend for an added jolt of fun.