One of the biggest reasons one does not exercise is because s/he is not in the mood for it. It could be because of laziness, weakness or stress. However, recent studies have shown that exercise is a brilliant method for fighting that same stress and mood swing! Exercise helps a person vitally maintain their mental fitness, and can significantly reduce stress. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue (yes removing and not causing!), improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate. So the next time you feel anxious or stressed and thus do not want to exercise, maybe you should reconsider and make an extra effort to go exercise as it will end up relieving that same stress which stopped you initially!
Several studies have shown that physical inactivity exposes a full grown adult to unnecessary risk of developing variety of chronic diseases, disabilities and even musculoskeletal pain; whereas as little as two hours and thirty minutes a week of moderate physical activity can substantially reduce that risk and lead to significant health benefits. These are not the gym-sponsored surveys that we are talking about; these are scientific studies that come with good logic behind their claims. You see, when stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections the rest of the body feels the impact as well. On the other hand when your body feels better (which comes through a good workout), your mind starts feeling good too. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins — a chemical in the brain that acts as a natural painkiller — which improves our ability to sleep, resulting in reduced stress.
Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever, be it through something as simple as brisk walk or as advanced as yoga. All you need to do is put on your exercise gear and get going. Whether it be for a long walk, a run at the beach or dancing on your favorite playlist for an hour. It’s all about being active and keeping the body moving so you can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract yourself from the daily worries. You don’t need to be an athlete to do this, nor do you need a perfect figure to start, all you need is the intent and the determination to make yourself feel good; because you deserve it.
It’s true that it’s not always easy, nor is it going to be for if it were everyone would be doing it. However take our word for it, exercise like all good things is tough only at the start, once you get going it keeps getting easier day on day becoming a lot more fun and enjoyable. All you need to do is set yourself some goals and segregate them into smaller tasks for every week to achieve. Stress relief is just one aspect of it, with all the added benefits of exercising soon enough you will be thanking yourself for taking this first step towards a wonderful new lifestyle.
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