Help relieve stress through exercise
Life is stressful isn’t it? It seems that no matter what you do you just can’t help but feeling stressed at one point during the week, if you’re lucky!
Sometimes all you want to do is hide away for just an hour to re-charge and then you can get on with the week again feeling a little more energised. Did you know that one of the best ways to de-stress and re-charge is through exercise? Yep, you heard right!
I’m sure for many people the gym is the last place you think about going when life gets a bit too much, but it really is the best place, and here’s why.
Exercise increases your endorphins.
Endorphins are a chemical that your brain produces which trigger a positive feeling in your body. Physical activity helps to increase the production of endorphins in your brain helping you to feel good.
Running, playing a good game of tennis or badminton or anything energetic will increase your endorphins making you feel more positive and re-energised!
It does wonders for your mind.
It might seem strange talking about your mind in an article about exercise, but exercise is amazing for your mind as well as your body!
After a great workout in the gym or a swim in the pool you’ll often find that you’ve forgotten about most of the things that have irritated you during your busy, stressful day.
Regular exercise will help you release your tensions and feel more relaxed meaning you’ll feel much more optimistic in your day to day life and find it easier to stay calm in those high pressure situations.
It improves your mood and sleep.
More and more people are feeling anxious on a regular basis and the fast paced, stressful lifestyle that many of us have doesn’t help, but in most cases, it’s unavoidable. Regular exercise can increase self-confidence, it can relax you, and amazingly, it can lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety.
Sleep is a huge problem for most of us when going through a stressful time in your life or you’re feeling particularly anxious about something, but yes, you guessed it, exercise can improve your sleep! Physical activity helps you to clear your mind and release stress and tension helping you to get a better night’s sleep, who doesn’t want that?!
All of these exercise benefits can ease your stress levels and help you to stay calm in high pressure situations helping to relive the symptoms of stress related illnesses. And hey, if it can help you get a better night sleep then who can argue that it’s not good for you?
So, next time you’re feeling stressed, worried, or anxious about things that are happening in your life, why not try relieving some of those feelings in the gym, swimming pool, tennis court etc. Making exercise a regular thing will help you to stay feeling energised and less tense.
Try it today, it might change your life!