Reducing stress with exercise

Friday, March 16 2018 3:29 PM
By Genesis Genesis

At the end of a long day the last place you want to go is the gym. Between cleaning the house, working a full day and cooking dinner, life is stressful.

When your brain experiences stress, it releases a surge of hormones invoking the fight or flight response. In the high-paced world we live in, tuning those hormones is difficult and long-term stress can have negative effects on your health and personal life.

Exercise forces the body to practice dealing with stress. The bodies physiological system must communicate more closely than usual and overcome the hormones released during stress by releasing neurotransmitters, like endorphins creating the runners-high sense of euphoria.

With regular exercise regularly, you force your body to experience physical stressors that raise heart rate and blood pressure and practice overcoming those elements in a safe environment. A sedentary body is less efficient to responding with stress because it is out of practice releasing endorphins.

Using exercise to combat stress is easy.

Pick an activity you enjoy – you don’t have to lift weights or run a marathon. Instead, try going on a walk with a friend or taking a yoga class.

Try a repetitive motion, like swimming or step aerobics. Focusing on a single task can help clear your mind.

Start small and practice! The more often you workout, the better your brain becomes at releasing endorphins during times of stress.

 

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