Exercise as a Stress Management Tool
How to use Exercise as a Stress Management Tool?
If you are one of those who often wilfully or unknowingly take stress, you should add some physical activity in your life.
When stressed, each of your body systems such as cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, muscular etc. go in a fight and flight mode. There may be an adrenalin rush in your body. Or the levels of anxiety can be high. Continued stress and anxiety can lead to various ailments.
Exercise: a good stress buster
Any form of physical activity such as yoga, aerobics, running or workout in a gymnasium fits into the category of exercise. It increases the overall health and adds to the well-being. There are some direct benefits attached to exercise:
- Boosts your endorphin levels: Endorphins are kind of neurotransmitters that relax your body during stress conditions. Any form of physical activity increases the levels of endorphins in to your system.
- Improves your blood circulation: Improved activity levels increase the blood circulation into your body and takes the stress away. It not only vitalises each organ of your body but keeps you active throughout the day.
- Gives you a goodnight sleep: When stressed you may not have a sound sleep. But when you indulge in some physical labour or exercise, your body relaxes at the time of sleep and thus you have a sound sleep. A sound sleep is a must to end your day Just Do it!
- To indulge yourselves in some exercise or the other, start slowly and build your stamina for a particular activity. This comes with commitment and practice.
- Three to Five times a week for 30 minutes: Dance, Jog, bike, or walk.
- Be patient when you start a new exercise program.
- Most likely, it takes about four to eight weeks for people to get in routine and enjoy the benefits of exercise.
- Walk before run! Take baby steps before you achieve something big. So it is advisable to start with some light exercise and then go towards higher form of activities. Keep pushing yourselves for more activity each day .
- To begin with, a combination of moderately rigorous and light exercise helps. Set small daily goals and aim for daily consistency rather than perfect workouts.
- Strength training should be a part of your overall exercise regime.
- If you are unable to decide upon a particular exercise pick and choose the one that you like the most.
- Start in a group of people or in a place where there are enough people to motivate you. For example, a nearby gymnasium or a park, where you will find like-minded people indulging themselves in weight training or running or swimming.
- Distract yourself with an iPod or other portable media player to download audio-books, podcasts, or music.
- However, before that it is important to be regular at it. Focus on the exercise and make it an important part your daily routine to keep yourselves stress free.