We are mostly aware of the physical benefits of exercise, whether it is for controlling weight, reducing risk of disease, or strengthening bones or muscle.
Exercise is also considered vital for maintaining mental health, and it can reduce stress. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate.
Stress is an inexorable part of modern daily life; it is almost impossible to eliminate, although you can learn to manage stress through exercise!
Below are six ways in which exercise and stress relief are connected.
- Interacting body systems
When we are in a state of stress, each of our body systems (cardiovascular, nervous, muscular, respiratory etc) need to interact with each other to manage stress appropriately. Exercise actually helps these body systems practice this interaction in a way that is healthy. For example, if you go for a run the body becomes better equipped for handling future stressful situations.
Endorphins are your body’s natural pain killers which are released when exercising. Longer and higher intensity exercise increases the release of endorphins. This is why you feel on a bit of a ‘high’ and less likely stressed after a workout.
- Human Interaction
Not everybody chooses to exercise alone. Attending an exercise class, joining a gym or going on a group run helps you get your daily sweat in but also lets you interact with others who are probably experiencing similar stress to modern day life. This human interaction will help you release some of the negativity that is associated and will make you feel less alone with your problems.
- Rhythm and Flow
Exercise weather its cardio or weights lets you get into a rhythm. That rhythmic flow of a repeating action relaxes your mind. This type of zoning out helps you relax and find your equilibrium after a stressful day.
Ever felt so stressed that you couldn’t sleep? This can often leads to a vicious cycle, increasing your stress and making it even harder to sleep the following night. Exercise not only helps break the cycle by better enabling you to handle your stress in the first place. It also makes you feel tired, so you are more likely to feel tired at night.
- Get organised!
Stress can be brought on by a lack of organisation and planning, whether this is at work or your daily life. Following a workout plan where you are setting regular weekly goals and ultimately have a sense of achievement, will help you transfer those skills into other areas. And if stress isn’t caused by scheduling, just knowing that you have a stress relief work out on the calendar a few times a week will help put your mind at ease!!
So, why not take the move and explore our workout classes and feel the benefits? Both physically and mentally.
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