By Lauren Rothfeld
In today’s society, it is inevitable that each person will deal with their fair amount of stress. How each person deals with their stress is different. Most turn to fairly unhealthy habits like eating junk food, playing video games and watching Netflix. What I am here to tell you today is that there is a healthier and more beneficial way to relieve the stress in your life.
Whether your stress is from your job, your family or even financial problems there is a simple solution. EXERCISE! It is simple. Exercise has countless benefits to help relieve some of your stress. One of the main benefits is that while you exercise your heart rate increases and you start to release more endorphins, your feel-good neurotransmitters. The more endorphins your body produces, the happier you become and the less stress you have!
Another way exercise helps reduce your stress is straightforward. Exercise simply takes your mind off all the other stressors in your life. There are so many things that you need to have your attention on while you exercise. You have to make sure your form is right as well as counting your repetitions and sets. There is no way that you would be able to do all of that and remember that your boss needs all this work on his desk by tomorrow, it’s just not possible.
By exercising you are ultimately improving your health. As your muscles get bigger your confidence grows as well. You also make great connections and friends through working out that will also help relieve some stress and take your mind off other issues.
So, after a long day being cooped up at work lift some weights, do a conditioning or boot camp class, go for a run, do some yoga, or even go to a spinning class. Get your heart rate up, release some endorphins and feel good about yourself. What I like to say is before entering the gym check your baggage at the door, meaning leave everything that is bothering you outside the gym walls and just relax!
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