Combat Stress With Physical Fitness
Exercise To Reduce Stress
As we all know, times are tough these days. With the global economy not being fair, lack of jobs, and people losing their jobs; it’s no wonder why so many people are feeling the pressure from these stressful conditions. Whether you’re experiencing stress from work, issues at home, being unemployed, unable to pay the bills, childcare, divorce, no time for yourself, facing loss of your home or the overall day-to-day struggle to make ends meet; these are all examples of stress related concerns that a lot of us face daily. You may or may not be facing any of those exact unfortunate situation, but you have a friend or family member who is, this can be stressful for anyone.
Just because we have to deal with tough situations that life throws at us all at one point or another it doesn’t mean that stress should consume our quality of life. There are a lot of disadvantages from being stressed, which may be the most obvious concept, but there are a lot of ways stress affects you; to include emotionally and physically. Such examples are: mood swings, being irritated often, thinking negative thoughts, headaches, loss/increased sleep, bodily pain or discomfort, loss of sexual desire and a serious impact on your immune system which would increase sickness. These examples can also lead to depression or substance abuse… which is not a good look! Who needs that! I know I don’t! And neither do you! So do yourself some justice and do your best to stop stressing. I know it’s easier said than done, don’t get me wrong, but it is to your benefit.
One way to help fight against being stressed or at least bring your stress levels down is by being physically active. Physical activity for at least 30 minutes or more releases endorphins from the brain which make you feel good. I’ve experienced stress reduction personally many times by exercising and it just evaporates, or at least for the moment. Exercise combats stress. If you have not exercised after a stressful situation, just try it and you will see exactly what I am talking about. You will feel so much better after pounding the pavement and sweating it out at your local gym or anywhere else you might exercise at. And who does not want to feel good… outstanding! I see no hands up in the air! Feeling good is just the tip of the iceberg.
You will not only feel better but you will also strengthen your mind, immune system, increased sleep recovery, have more energy, enhanced ability to tell yourself “Yes” instead on no, more focus, increased sex drive, more positive attitude, less or no headaches and an overall increased well-being about yourself. NOW I know, despite all the above, the next thing said maybe… “that’s all well and good but when do I have the time to do this?” The answer is, when you designate it!! Start with a target time of 30 min. That’s it. Just 30 minutes to start with. You put in 8, 9, 10, 12 hours for work, more hours with friends and family and the remaining time is for sleep. Out of a 24 hour period, you can at least find 30 minutes to an hour to de-stress and make sure you do so.
After going over some of the benefits of physical activity how could you not want to find 30 minutes to a hour a few days a week to dedicate to your health! So let’s get a moving people… alleviate the stress and dedicate at least 30 minutes to be your best!! Here is a few activities you can do, right at home no less: push-ups, jumping jacks, jump-rope, burpees, run-in-place, stretching (yoga), lunges, pull-ups (if you have a bar), sit-ups, crunches and mountain climbers to name a few. If you can, speed walk, jog or ride your bike around your neighborhood. (make sure you have safety gear) It’s all up to you.
So it’s time to take the trash out. What do you do when your trash gets full… you tie it up and take it out. And that is what you need to do before stress ties you up and takes you out. The hardships, uncertainties and obstacles in life will always be there without a doubt. Instead of stressing over things you can’t change, focus on the things you can. Bad things will happen to good people in life; it’s not always what happens to you in life, but it is the way you re-act to it that make a huge difference. You only live once!! Get fit and get on with your life!