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Unfortunately, stress has become an increasingly prevalent part of our modern daily life and 75% of people 40 or over in the USA say that stress affects them every day to a lesser or greater degree according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
The list of health problems associated with stress are almost too numerous to list but they include, heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, headaches and dizziness, obesity, depression, diabetes, accelerated aging and more.
Stress and anxiety can’t be completely eradicated from our lives but it can be managed although just 14% of people polled say they use exercise to manage their stress.
Yet working out is by far the most highly recommended method by scientists and health professionals of keeping things calm and under control.
Raising your heart rate and core body temperature through physical activity quickens the release of endorphins the body’s natural pain killers as well as improving the completion of all stages of sleep, both of which aids in reducing stress levels.
Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem.
Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects.
Other ideally suited physical activities that have been shown to produce these lovely magical things called endorphins include massage therapy, meditation and stretching.
1. Exercise can help you feel less anxious.
Exercise is being prescribed in clinical settings to help treat nervous tension.
Following a session of exercise, clinicians have measured a decrease in electrical activity of tensed muscles.
People have been less jittery and hyperactive after an exercise session.
2. Exercise can relax you.
One exercise session generates 90 to 120 minutes of relaxation response. Some people call this post-exercise euphoria or endorphin response. We now know that many neurotransmitters, not just endorphins, are involved.
The important thing though is not what they’re called, but what they do: They improve your mood and leave you relaxed.
3. Exercise can make you feel better about yourself.
Think about those times when you’ve been physically active. Haven’t you felt better about yourself? That feeling of self-worth contributes to stress relief.
4. Exercise can make you eat better.
People who exercise regularly tend to eat more nutritious food. And it’s no secret that good nutrition helps your body manage stress better.
Exercise – it’s time to get started
Now that you know exercise can make a big difference in controlling stress, make some time for regular physical activity. We’ll help you get started by listing three activities you can choose from:
All it takes is 20 minutes’ worth, six to seven days a week. Twenty minutes won’t carve a big chunk out of your day, but it will improve your ability to control stress significantly.
In yoga or yoga-type activities, your mind relaxes progressively as your body increases its amount of muscular work. Recent studies have shown that when large muscle groups repeatedly contract and relax, the brain receives a signal to release specific neurotransmitters, which in turn make you feel relaxed and more alert.
Play tennis, racquetball, volleyball or squash. These games require the kind of vigorous activity that rids your body of stress-causing adrenaline and other hormones.
Source Ace Fitness