Physical Fitness to Fight Stress

Physical fitness is good for both the body and the mind. According to studies, individuals who engage in sports or any regular exercise activity can handle stress better than those who are not physically active.

What causes our stress? We may get frustrated when expectations are not met. Often we get impatient with people who are passive or indifferent. Also, we can become disheartened by injustices, corruption and inequality at work or business. Misunderstanding and miscommunication triggers stress in our relationships. You may also become disheartened by another person’s slow understanding of circumstances. To be able to manage the various stresses in life, it helps that we engage in a suitable physical activity. to be physically active and fit. physical fitness / activities is an antidote against dissatisfactions in life.

Fitness activities may include going to the gym for weight training, aerobics, dancing, pilates and yoga. It also includes running, brisk walking, jogging and other indoor or outdoor sports. Before engaging in any physical activity, I highly advise a consultation with a physician. These exercises should be done in moderation and avoid overexertion as it may cause injury or undue stress to the body. At least 30 minutes of physical activity daily is recommended to keep the body healthy.

Aside from my personal quiet time, I do not miss out on my regular exercise. I have proven that working out is effective in relieving me of the stress I encounter every day. I love it because it is inexpensive and fun too! Despite my heavy schedule, I make time for this at least three times a week.

Mostly, I alternate aerobic exercises, dancing, running, and yoga. These are my best stress fighters. At times too, I go for long walks to destress. Maintaining a regular physical fitness routine is great for the heart, boosts the metabolism and uplifts the spirit.

Don’t you feel more energized or stronger after exercising? That’s the endorphins kicking in.

During exercise, the brain releases chemicals called endorphins. This gives us that euphoric feeling, the good kind of high, after exercise. Endorphins also decreases stress, boosts the immune system, enhances mood, and improves our self-esteem. Another chemical called serotonin is known as a mood enhancer and decreases symptoms of depression.

Breathing exercises are also helpful. When we are stressed, our breaths get rapid, irregular and shallow. So, deep and slow breathing calms the nerves. Mediation also helps relieve stress. I will talk more about this in the future.

So, have you thought of what exercise routine you will be starting today? If you choose to do your workouts at home, you can search for exercise routines on YouTube from 10 to 30 minutes a day depending on your fitness level.  Continue doing these exercises for two weeks and it will definitely become a habit. Make this your #fitnessgoals to fight stress.

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