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How Does Exercise Relieve Stress?
If you don’t have a very active lifestyle, and often feel strangled by stress and depression, you may want to take note.
Here are the main ways exercise and stress are connected:
When stressed, each of your body systems (cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, muscular etc.) need to interact efficiently for you to respond well. Exercise helps your body systems practice interacting with each other, in a healthy way. This directly leads to a better overall response to stress.
These are your natural pain killers that give you a “high”. Although more research is needed, there’s no doubt that long periods of moderate to high intensity exercise, does have a happy affect on your emotions.
Fight or Flight
This is your natural reaction to any stressful situation. The problem is that much of today’s stress doesn’t require either physical fighting or running. But your body still provides the chemicals for it, which can be harmful if they remain. The best and most logical way to clear the chemicals, is to actually do some exercise.
Rhythm and Flow
Some exercise, like running and cycling, lets you get into a rhythm. That rhythmic flow of a repeat action relaxes your mind. It’s a bit like focusing on nothing and everything at the same time. It’s your time. Just make sure you keep an eye on where you’re going!
Any sport or exercise with friends, gives you the chance to socialize, that you may not normally get. “Having a laugh” with friends is more than just fun. It gives you a chance to share your problems, and know that someone is there if you need them.
Lack of sleep often leads to a vicious cycle. You become more stressed and anxious during the day, which means it’s even harder to sleep at night. Exercise not only helps break that cycle, but can lead to a positive cycle instead. When you sleep well, you’ll have more energy in the day and be more productive.
Organize your Life
Stress is often caused by a lack of organization and planning, whether it’s in your work life or home life. Following a workout plan, where you set yourself goals and ultimately have a sense of achievement, will help you transfer those skills to the rest of your life.