Feeling Stressed? We’ve Got a Cure …
You have difficulty sleeping. You eat too much, or not enough. You can’t get to sleep at night. You struggle to rise in the morning.
And the list goes on.
At these times, do you turn to exercise?
If not, you’re missing out on what’s probably the Number One stress-buster available to you.
At no cost.
Or certainly a lot less than a physiatrist that’s for sure!
So how does exercise help combat stress?
The science part is that exercise releases endorphins, which is the body’s natural mood lifter and pain killer. At the same time, neurochemicals reduce the body’s natural stress hormones – adrenaline and cortisol.
Working together, they help to relax you.
In terms of the immediate effects, exercise helps to clear your mind. So the thing that’s stressing you out – be that work, a partner, the kids, money – is put to the back of your mind.
But this isn’t just a short-lived benefit of exercise.
Often what arises during exercise is clarity of the situation.
Perhaps your stress is a symptom of work. By taking your mind off the problem, a solution may present itself to you.
How many times have you tried to remember something, and by concentrating hard, it slips further and further out of reach?
Whereas by taking the focus away from it, all of a sudden your memory grabs that piece of information like a child in a sweet shop!
What type of exercise works best?
Whilst any form of exercise will benefit you when feeling stressed, the higher intensity it is, the easier it is to clear your mind.
And the easier it is to clear your mind, the sooner a solution or a resolution can be reached.
Going for a power walk could still have you thinking about whatever the problem is since it’s not so intense, which means it’s harder to pull your mind away.
Not impossible, just harder.
So try ramping your exercise up a touch and not only will you see the mental benefits straight away, you’ll also see physical benefits over time.
We’ve plenty of Tabata style workout plans on our blog – try this one in particular for a great introduction to Tabata, and start feeling better both physically and mentally today.
After all, a healthy body leads to a healthy mind.