Lets face it, we all experience feeling stressed out from time to time and in some cases more than we would like. We would not be human if stress wasn’t a part of our lives.
I am here to tell you that you are the only one in control of how you handle your stress. Of course, there are many levels of stress and everyone experiences it differently. Personally, I choose exercise as my stress reliever. I am not sure what I would do without exercise as it always uplifts my spirits and makes me feel way better than when I first started the workout. This is something you only notice if exercise is a central part of your being.
Exercise for Stress Relief
So let’s choose to use exercise as your stress reliever…
Did you know that exercise in almost any form could act as a stress reliever? Yes, it is true. What does this mean? Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries. Everyone knows the saying, “an apple for the teacher” and it is the same thing with hearing: “exercise does a body good!” But what if you are saying: “I am too busy and stressed to fit anything else into my routine.” Oh, my biggest pet peeve when I hear the words: “I have no time to workout; I have too much stress!”
Well, my friends, I have some good news for you when it comes to exercise and stress…they can go hand in hand. You can make a little exercise go a very long way toward stress management. Here are some of my favorite and simple ways to exercise and they all relieve stress so you should try them too:
- ~ Walking ~ Spinning ~ Aerobics ~ Dancing ~ Yoga ~ Swimming ~ Playing sports
I like to think of exercise and stress relief as a math problem. For example, we know that 2 + 2 = 4 and 10 – 5 = 5 so try this …
Exercise + stress relief = a happier and healthier YOU.
Exercise will naturally put more pep in your step every day and keep those stressful voices/feelings away. Just remember the following:
~ Exercise pumps up your endorphins. Any kind of physical activity will help boost up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. This is often referred to as a runner’s high, however an exciting game of volleyball or a brisk walk in the park also can contribute to this same feeling.
~ It frees your mind of worry. After a high intensity aerobics class or several laps in the pool, you’ll often notice that you’ve forgotten the day’s irritations and concentrated only on your body’s movements.
~ It improves your frame of mind. A regular exercise routine can increase your confidence level and overall state of mind. Exercise can also improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. A successful exercise program begins with a few simple steps.
So are you itching to get your workout on yet or what?! Trust me, once you dive into a workout plan that is suitable for you those worries of the day will disappear as the minutes go by and you will feel a huge weight off your shoulders. Stay on track and make working out a part of your life.
Lastly, store my Top 5 favorite must haves for any workout routine:
1) Speak to your doctor! Exercising might be new to you and your body or you haven’t done it for some time now…please discusses it all with your doctor.
2) Take Baby Steps! You learned to crawl before you started walking, right?! So the same goes with your fitness routine. Build up your momentum gradually and do not overdo it. This is an NO INJURY ZONE!
3) Smart Phone it in! Schedule in your workouts or you will not do them.
4) Do what you love! Choose a workout that you will enjoy and stay motivated to continue in your schedule. It could be dancing, weight lifting, spinning, walking, running, gardening, Pilates, etc.
5) Try the buddy system! When you are accountable to someone else and knowing that they are waiting for you to show up at the gym or the park can be a powerful incentive. This will also help you stay motivated and committed to your workouts…plus it is fun!