In almost any form, exercise can act as a stress reliever distracting you from daily worries and jump starting your feel-good endorphins.
We all need a distraction from our worries and the good news is exercise does just that. Whether it's a walk in your favorite park, Zumba, a Mindful Movement Yoga Challenge or a more serious, FAT-BURNING high intensity workout, exercise is one of the best ways to beat stress. No matter what shape or size you're in, you can still find some kind of movement to do to battle your worries.
Discover the relationship that exercise has on stress and why it should be a part of your daily to-do.
Have you ever heard the term runners-high? It’s when the brain and nervous system release feel-good neurotransmitters called endorphins into the body. These “happy hormones” are known to do just that, make you feel happier.
Regular exercise has been shown to boost self-confidence and lowering the symptoms associated with anxiety and mild depression. Feeling stronger and experiencing results in exercise improvements can give you a sense of control over your body resulting in a better mood with less stress.
Catching More Zzz’s
There is nothing more frustrating than having your sleep disrupted by anxious thoughts. The good news is, regular exercise can help big time with sound and restful sleep. Here is how: When the body exercises, it needs time to heal and recover. Physical activity increases time spent in deep sleep or “restorative and recovery phase” of sleep. This phase helps to boost immune function and control the body's way of dealing with stress.
Begin to Make Exercise a Daily To-Do
- Consult with your physician. If you’ve got some health concerns or simply haven’t exercised in a long while, it’s best to talk to your doctor to be clear on the dos and don’ts.
- Warm up the muscles before diving into any exercise regimen. The goal is to increase the body temperature with some light cardiovascular exercise like walking, light jog, bike, etc. before adding in some more rigorous movements. Stretching all major muscles is also beneficial in preventing injury.
- Choose an activity you enjoy. If it’s a brisk walk in nature, relaxing yoga poses, some killer kickboxing, or a stair run workout, as long as you are moving your body with some form of exercise that you enjoy. Any form of exercise can help you feel less anxious and do the body good!
- Phone a friend. Sometimes having a buddy workout with you can create the accountability you need. Even if you both workout on your own, just knowing you have someone in your corner with the same goal can keep you on track with staying consistent with your exercise program.
- Set a date with yourself. Penciling in your workouts for the week as if you had an appointment you couldn’t cancel can help with putting and keeping yourself first.
- Join a community for support.
There are a ton of Facebook groups that are free to join and offer motivation, inspiraton and friendship with like-minded ladies!
The most important thing is to stay consistent with some kind of exercise you enjoy doing. Any form of movement will result in reduced anxiety and combat that stress.