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(PRWEB) February 18, 2015
Many people think of exercise primarily as a means of keeping weight off and staying physically healthy. While there is no question that staying physically active is an important way of keeping off excess pounds and lowering the risk of many health complications, exercise can help manage stress and improve emotional well being.
Why Stress Matters
Almost everyone experiences some level of stress, whether from the everyday demands of career and family, or from unexpected life changes, such as divorce or the death of a loved one. While a certain amount of stress is unavoidable, particularly when it’s caused by events outside ones control, ongoing stress can have serious health consequences over the long term. Research has shown that chronic, unrelieved stress can contribute to headaches and high blood pressure, along with heart disease, depression, and many other ailments. Ongoing stress can also aggravate existing conditions and cause people to turn to unhealthy habits. For instance, some people may overeat in response to stress, contributing to weight gain and obesity. Others may smoke, drink too much, or use drugs as a means of dealing with stress. By taking steps to address and control daily stress, one can reduce the likelihood of many of these health complications.
How Exercise Can Help
In the simplest terms, when the body feels good, the mind feels good, and exercise is one of the best ways to get an immediate body and mind boost. Stress affects the body and brain through increasing hormones like epinephrine and cortisol. A long term excess of these hormones can lead to sluggishness and fatigue, sleep disorders, and memory loss, in addition to a long list of physical ailments. Exercise can help manage stress because the hormones released during physical activity counter the negative effects of the hormones generated by stress, leading to better sleep, reduced stress and anxiety, and an overall reduction in the risk factors associated with stress.
Where to Start
Reducing stress through exercise doesn’t necessarily require spending hours at the gym every day. Incorporating just 30 minutes of physical activity five or more days a week can lead to good results. The exercise choosen can be as simple as taking a brisk, 30-minute walk each day, or going for a bike ride after dinner. The key is to make sure that the exercise choosen is one that will be enjoyed. Incorporating an activity thats loved will make it more likely to keep it as part of a routine and ensuring that one will see long term results in stress relief.
To learn more about exercise and stress management, along with other important health information, call 888-588-9773, or visit http://www.leaninspirationmd.com.