Exercise and Let the Stress Drift Away

April 27, 2014

Exercise and Let the Stress Drift AwayFitness and improved cardiovascular function are not the only benefits of physical exercise. Exercising on a regular basis provides several different benefits that improve not only the physical body, but a person’s mental and emotional state as well. Regular exercise clears the mind and allows stress to drift away Clarity and improved focus are just two of the positive benefits that can be gained from regular exercise.

Exercise and Endorphins

Exercise triggers the release of endorphins. Endorphins create feelings of euphoria. They also act as analgesics within the body and can help to block the perception of pain. Endorphins act as natural pain relievers and elicit feelings of comfort, much like that of morphine. Because of the way endorphins act within the body, they improve a person’s mood and help them maintain a positive outlook on life. Exercising on a regular basis influences creates lasting, long term effects that help keep a person focused on positive aspects of their life.

Fighting Depression

Along with the release of endorphins that enhance a person’s mood, exercise also helps to fight depression. Depression can be triggered by stress, fatigue and the inability to properly process certain thoughts. Regular exercise helps to control hormones related to stress. By controlling cortisol and adrenaline, the body can begin to relax and its overall ability to function improves. In the beginning, depression and low self image can be hinder a person’s desire to exercise. As time passes, however, an individual who has continued to exercise will begin to lose weight and their body will become more defined. As inches melt away and pounds gradually begin to drop off, changes in the body will begin to be visually apparent. Behavioral changes can result from this degree of weight loss. Self image will improve and feelings of depression and despair will begin to fade away.

Stress Relief

stress-reliefExercise on a regular basis helps the body to release stress and begin to relax. Muscles have memory. Individuals who are under high levels of stress can suffer from taut muscles that cramp and become stiff. Without adequate exercise, muscles can become tight and sore. A person who exercises three or four times a week, keeps muscles flexible and prevents them from memorizing the tightness and rigidity that accompanies stress and frustration. As a person exercises muscles are stretched and pulled, increasing flexibility and loosening tissues. Muscles that are flexible and pliant are less likely to cramp from excessive amounts of stress.

As part of a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise allows a person to work out their frustration and release stress. The more intense the workout, the more stress is relieved. A person who exercises as a regular part of their daily routine, is less likely to become stressed or frustrated when things don’t work out. With the release of endorphins, people who exercise are less likely to succumb to depression and can better cope with day to day problems. As exercise is included more and more into a person’s daily routine, the better they will be able to handle themselves in stressful situations.

Becky Flanigan

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Becky Flanigan

Becky Flanigan has lived near the beach since she was a kid. She gave up on surfing a while back, but enjoys walking the beach just as much as ever. Becky always enjoys the challenge of a new writing assignment.

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Mary @ Fit and Fed

The stress relief is a big motivator for me to keep up my exercise! I also get to see my friends at the rink when I skate (my main exercise is figure skating). When your exercise has a social component to it, not only does that make it more motivating to get out there, it provides even more stress relief.

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