Actively Taking Control Of Your Stress Through Exercise

Oct 22, 2014
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Stress isn’t good for anyone, but according to the American Psychological Association, at least 75% of Americans feel stressed out every day. Constant stress affects our daily lives, and can have a negative impact on our health. It can give you headaches, can make your heart beat faster, can lead to high blood pressure, and can make you less resistant to illness. Extended periods of stress can even lead to heart attack and diabetes over time, and can affect how well you think and feel, too. So before it starts to affect your quality of life, it’s important to take control of it.

How can you take control of your stress?

Luckily, there are a number of ways you can manage your stress. Counseling can help you identify stressors in your life and figure out ways to either avoid them or how to lessen their negative effects. It can also help you learn how to deal with stress in a positive way.

Relaxation through meditation is another way to control it. Relaxation techniques can help you calm down and loosen up any mental or physical tension you might be feeling. You can get similar results through other activities like Tai Chi or yoga. But one of the best ways to deal with stress before it gets to you is through exercise and a healthy diet.

Why exercise and diet are best for stress

The first reason why exercise and diet is best for stress is because it strengthens the body; the right diet will help you shed weight, while exercise will get your muscles working and your heart pumping. By maintaining a healthy weight and having a physically fit body, you’re able to handle the physical effects of stress better. You’ll feel less tired, you’ll be in a better mood and you’ll be less likely to get sick.

Another reason is that exercise makes your body produce endorphins, a bodily chemical that acts as a natural painkiller and mood booster. Exercise helps your body learn how to reach a biochemical balance, making your brain more ready and able to deal with stressful situations.

Finally, exercise is a tiring and tension releasing activity. Because stress can build up in your body and affect you physically, being active can help you release it in a productive way. Not only will you be able to release this tension, but also the physical feeling of being tired can help you attain a deeper and more restful sleep, allowing your body to rejuvenate and be at its best the next day.

So if you’re feeling stressed out, try going out for a run or try hitting the gym. Don’t let your stress control you, when you can control it through exercise.

How has exercise helped you deal with stress? Share your experiences below.

 

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Sources:
• http://www.counsellingsydney.com.au/stress
• http://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/related-illnesses/other-related-conditions/stress/physical-activity-reduces-st
• http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/StressManagement/FourWaystoDealWithStress/Four-Ways-to-Deal-with-Stress_UCM_307996_Article.jsp
• http://www.crazymuscle.com/cutting-information

Blurb:

This article is about how exercise is one of, if not the best way to deal with stress. It starts with how stress can affect one’s physical and mental wellbeing, and how exercise in particular can help and prepare a person to reduce and be more resistant to the negative effects of stress. Since stress affects nearly everyone at one point or another, this article can help people who are looking for positive ways to control their stress in their lives.

Author: Jef Ramos



  • bobl07

    My favorite stress relief activity is a good, long, swim with some vigorous intensity.

  • Jef Reyner Ramos

    Reading a good book after a physical workout is a great way to end your stress relief activities.