Exercise Is A Natural Stress Buster

Stress Relief Techniques

You're rushing to make a deadline at work, you've lost your job, or maybe your mother-in-law, due to failing health, is moving in with you. These are all daily pressures of life that produce at times additional stress in our lives. You realize though that "natural" is always better as the first line of defense in combating the overload you feel. Exercising is one of the best and natural ways to reduce unhealthy stress. How does exercise work to relieve stress? How much exercise is needed to reduce stress? What are some natural stress buster exercises that may work for you?

How does exercise physically relieve stress?

Regular stress can hurt you. A good portion of doctor visits are a result of stress. Stress plays a vital role contributing to headaches, back pain, stomach upsets, increased blood pressure, and many other physical and mental ailments. Here are some physical and mental effects regular exercise can have in reducing stress:

Reduces stress hormones—Sudden stress can produce stress hormones which speed up heartbeats, increase muscle tension, and make you breathe faster. The good news is that exercise can reduce the amount of these stress hormones. That in turn slows your heart rate down, relaxes your blood vessels, and may temporarily lower your blood pressure.
Increases Endorphins—Endorphins act like neurotransmitters in the brain that are associated with what some people call a runner's high. Some people refer to this as a "self-induced high." Endorphins are your own body's natural pain killers. They also may help reduce moderate depression.
Increases Serotonin—Serotonin are neurotransmitters found in the brain and other parts of the body. It plays a vital role in keeping a calm mood and sleeping. It also helps memory.

In short, there are many physical and mental benefits to exercise. When you find a regular exercise program that fits you, you will feel healthier. That in turn will give you confidence, which will be an aid in coping with daily stress.

How much exercise is needed to reduce stress? Not that much. Whether you are involved in an intense aerobic class or a mild walking program, you will benefit. The important thing is to be regular in whatever you decide to do.

Here are some natural stress buster exercises:

Walking
Bicycling
Swimming
Aerobic Exercises
Non-Aerobic Exercises
Jogging
Dancing
Tennis
Racquetball
Skating

This is a short list. When choosing an exercise, pick one that fits your abilities, talents, budget and schedule. Pick an exercise that is fun. If it's not fun, you might not stick with it.

Flexibility:

Modify the exercise to fit you. For instance, if you pick walking, don't stress over the details. You can walk before work, either outside or inside on a treadmill; you can walk on your lunch hour; or you can walk after work. You can walk in smaller increments of time every day; or walk for longer periods every other day. If you miss a day, don't stress about it. Just get back on schedule.

Check With Your Doctor:

Generally speaking, lighter exercises present little risk if you are in good physical condition. However, since all of us are at different levels of health, age and limitations, clear your intended exercises with the doctor.

Get Started!

So now it's up to you. Pick a new exercise that fits you. Have fun with it, and remember not to stress over your new natural stress buster exercises! And relax…

Medical Disclaimer: No diagnosis, medical advice, or cure is impressed or implied - Consult your doctor.

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