Do you have a difficult time sticking to an exercise routine? Do you have pain or discomfort when you try to exercise? Learn how to find the right movement for you and exercise that brings you joy!
After a long busy stressful day at the office getting a good work out in can release tension and improve your sense of well-being. Although exercise is a physical stress on the body it can actual relieve mental stress and strain.
According to Harvard Health, “The mental benefits of aerobic exercise have a neuro-chemical basis. Exercise reduces levels of the body's stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body's natural painkillers and mood elevators. Endorphins are responsible for the "runner's high" and for the feelings of relaxation and optimism that accompany many hard workouts.”
What if instead of coming home taking your shoes off and sitting in front of the T.V. you headed to the gym, took a brisk walk, or went to gym. It doesn’t really matter what you do just move your body and enjoy the relaxation benefits. Harvard Health reminds us that “exercise/movement is play and recreation; when your body is busy, your mind will be distracted from the worries of daily life and will be free to think creatively.”
How can you make exercise a stress reliever? Keep note of how exercise impacts your stress.