How Exercise Can Help Relieve Stress
Exercise is the quintessential method to relieve stress. When fully engaged in an exercise program the body releases endorphins in the brain, which induces a natural high and dissipates the stress, leaving you feeling energized and relaxed.
It doesn’t matter what form of exercise you choose, the point is that any type of exercise will achieve the same results. Whether its walking, running, stretching, aerobics or yoga. Your body becomes completely relaxed and able to cope with whatever it is that caused the stress in the first place.
Moreover, exercise is essential for your cardiovascular system. It improves your overall health and along with a diet regimen, can help you maintain a balance within. Walking for 20 minutes every other day, biking in the park, engaging in aerobic exercises either at home or at the gym are the clear cut solutions to relieving stress.
For example, if you are a working mom or dad, walk during your lunch hour every day for 20 minutes before lunch. Sometimes fatigue sets in during the early afternoon and this is a great way to become energized for the rest of the workday.
If you are working on a project and cannot take a lunch break, take a five minute break and do some stretch exercise in the office. Sitting all day in front of a computer is not healthy. It can cause leg cramps, shoulder and back problems, neck cramps and clots. Getting up and moving around is essential. Stretching will help relieve the stress that causes these symptoms, and you will be able to finish out the day in a calmer and more relaxed state.
One can always tell when stress is taking its toll. The body tenses up, muscle aches begin, and irritability becomes your unwanted friend. Exercise, no matter what form, not only makes you feel good but also relaxes the body and frees up the mind to be able to concentrate on the tasks at hand.