Exercising: A Stress-Busting Way
In India, seven out of ten adults say they experience stress or anxiety daily, and most say it interferes at least moderately with their lives. Though it is impossible to eliminate but you can learn to manage stress and most people usually do. Some people make use of regular exercise to cope with stress, others talking to family and friends, sleeping, watching television, as well as eating and listening to music. All of these are well known coping techniques, exercise may be the most recommended one. Majority of healthy population is already on the right track: walking, running, yoga are their preferred strategies.
Exercising body and mind
Whenever the brain is affected by stress with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. Your mind can only feel better if your body will feel better. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins. Endorphins are the chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers and also improve the ability to sleep which in turn reduces stress.
Ultimate benefits of exercise are to improve physical condition and fighting diseases. It is vital for maintaining mental fitness and helps reducing stress and fatigue. Frequent participation in aerobic exercise helps in decreasing overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep and improve self-esteem.
Stress busting ways to exercise are:
Yoga: Yoga postures makes your body more resilient and flexible which in turn relieves physical tension. Therefore, it works to reduce stress.
Walking: While walking, you get out of the stressful environment, breathing fresh air and feeling body move is natural stress-relief resulting reduction in stress hormone and alleviate any sign of depression.
Gardening: Gardening has the stress busting bonus of putting you in contact with the earth which refreshes your spirit. Gardening no matter how big or small it is, helps increasing your connection to nature.
Dancing: This exercise has many physical, mental and even emotional benefits. By raising your heart rate, this workout improves grace and agility. Dancing brings a sense of community and connection to other people which lowers stress levels and boosts happiness.
Tennis: This cardio workout prevents many stress related conditions such as high blood pressure and heart diseases. This game triggers your brain to release endorphins into your body which brings peace and satisfaction.
Increase Aerobic Fitness
This quote suits on exercise- Do not dream for it, do it. Because at first, you find it really hard and it will be more work or task than fun for you but as you get into shape, you’ll begin to enjoy exercise. If you do aerobic exercise on regular basis, this will bring remarkable changes to your body, metabolism, heart and spirit. If you work on increasing aerobic fitness with exercise such as running, swimming or cycling, eating plenty of carbohydrates fuels your body. Good sources of carbohydrates include cereal, pasta, quinoa, whole-grain bread, rice, sweet potato and fruit. Moreover, eating complex carbohydrates also encourages the brain to make the feel-good chemical serotonin and low serotonin levels are associated with poor sleep and high stress levels. Blueberries, a well-known superfood, also contain antioxidants which have a positive effect on reactions to stress.
You should exercise nearly everyday except during illness and doesn’t mean hitting the gym or training for marathon. Aim to walk at least 2 miles a day or do the equivalent amount of another activity. Regular exercise reduces stress and nutrition is a key part of any fitness regime. Complex carbohydrates fuel endurance exercise as well as increasing serotonin levels. Protein contributes to gaining muscle mass with some sources of lean protein also containing stress-busting amino acids.