We all feel stress at some points in our lives, it´s normal what makes the difference is for how long you are under stress, our body can handle stress for short periods of time and it´s actually beneficial but when it´s constant like chronic stress which is how we live nowadays the consequences are terrible.
Each of us handle the effects of stress in different ways, some of those ways can be healthy and some of them are unhealthy, some people choose Tv, social media, alcohol, smoke or comfort food which are really bad options, one healthy option that improves stress a lot is physical activity.
Is not new that exercise and physical activity reduces stress, it´s actually the best tool you can use to lower the stress from your day, working out is great for our body, heart and mind and to give you a fast respond to why it is amazing is because it release endorphins that make you feel good.
I know that there are some of you who don´t like to workout and may thinking that is are all lies, here´s what happens. When you start doing exercise after a long period of time without any physical activity it will be hard and it is harder if you don´t like what you are doing. You are out of shape and exercise feel so hard and you need to put a lot of effort to finish the workouts but with time you get in better shape, the exercise don´t feel as hard and your self-confidence increases which makes everything easier.
The goal is to develop the habit of working out at least 30 minutes a day and do some activity you like doing, once you find that activity and develop the habit you´ll see how great you feel after your workout.
Here is a simple explanation of how exercise reduces stress. Stress increases hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, this hormones keep you in a fight or flight state this is why you feel your heart rate up, you are ready in case you need to run. Exercise reduces those 2 hormones and releases endorphins that make you feel good this is why you feel so positive and optimistic after your workouts.
The benefits of exercise for lowering stress are short term, right after a workout you feel great and even during your workout you feel motivated and excited, you´ll see a more positive attitude and you´ll find yourself in a more positive mood but you want his to be part of your life so you need to be consistent and do some type of physical activity every day.
If your only goals with exercise is to reduce stress cardio training or aerobic exercises are the way to go, even taking a walk in the park can help a lot, bicycle, jump rope, swimming are also great options, kickboxing and boxing have become popular the benefits are amazing. The key is to find the activity that you love or at least like and the one you can have fun with.
If you are looking for a type of exercise that can help you reduce tensions in the muscles and that can calm your mind yoga is great, you need to be really present and focus on what you are doing on each exercise, the breathing techniques help you clear your mind and the exercises help you reduce tension and stress, all this combination makes it a great way to lower stress and focus on the present moment.
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