Stressful lifestyles

We live in a fast paced world. We are running non-stop, working long hours, eating on the run just trying to fit everything in. It’s an instant world these days.

How many times have you hit the refresh button on the computer because the page wasn’t loading fast enough? We want it NOW! People are less physically active these days probably because technology has made our lives easier.

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Responsibilities are high, work is demanding, juggling family life, home and work is a struggle in itself for most.

How do you manage stress?

Regardless of what causes the stress in our lives we ALL have it to some extent. So tell me how do you manage your stress? Different people handle stress in different ways.

Some people stress eat, some drink excessive amounts of alcohol, others complain about what causes them stress. Check out what WebMd has to say about stress.

“Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress — a negative stress reaction. Distress can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. Research suggests that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases.”~ WebMD

Getting rid of stress

Trying to get rid of stress altogether may be tough but there are ways to at least reduce your stress levels drastically. Exercise has been proven to reduce stress levels and improve mood.

According to the American Psychological Association, “Exercise may improve mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress, according to research into the effect of exercise on neurochemicals involved in the body’s stress response.”

I know you are probably thinking exercise? I have enough on my plate how am I going to fit that it? If you are looking for tips to get motivated to exercise check out my other article Keeping Fit! 10 Ways to Motivate Yourself.

Wondering what the best stress relieving exercises are?

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Yoga

Yoga is something that everyone should try at least once. For years I put it off and once I tried it I felt like Superwoman. Yoga includes specific bodily poses and incorporates controlled breathing and meditation.

It helps the body and mind achieve a state of peacefulness and in-turn promotes relaxation and helps manage stress. As a low impact exercise yoga increases strength and flexibility while reducing stress and improving mood and focus.

There are different types of yoga and every class differs depending on the instructor. You may want to try Hatha yoga with a qualified instructor to learn the basics.

Pilates

Pilates is an exercise with controlled movements that build endurance, strength and increase flexibility. Pilates also uses controlled breathing and works on quality of movements which allows you to be more in tune with your body.

It is a mind body exercise that helps release stress especially when you master the art of breathing properly. Strength Training not only improves bone strength, increases endurance, sharpens focus and controls weight.

It also is a good outlet to help reduce stress. You can do body weight exercises, free weights or weight machines.

Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic Exercise uses the large muscle groups and is done for a specific amount of time. It conditions the lungs, heart and cardiovascular system and delivers oxygen to the body.

Aerobic classes are high energy and tend to burn more calories than yoga or pilates. Some types of aerobic exercise that may  help reduce stress are:

1. Running
2. Kick-boxing
3. Cycle Class
4. Swimming
5. Dancing

All of these aerobic exercises when done at a high intensity level help the body release endorphins that promote a sense of well-being, may help reduce stress and improve your mood.

The benefits of exercise are endless

It’s a win-win! Exercise is so important for our health in general. Not only does is help relieve stress but people who exercise regularly have more energy. Exercise helps us maintain a healthy weight, improves memory and also helps you get a good nights rest.

So what are you waiting for? Get an exercise plan in place and stick to it! Find something you love to do. You will feel & look better all while
managing your stress!

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References

Exercise Fuels the Brains Stress Buffers.” American Psychological Association. American Psychological
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Physical Activity Reduces Stress | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA.” Physical
Activity Reduces Stress | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA. Web. 22 Oct. 2015.
Stress Management.” Yoga: Fight Stress and Find Serenity. Web. 22 Oct. 2015.
The Effects of Stress on Your Body.” WebMD. WebMD. Web. 22 Oct. 2015.

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