Stress management is an important practice that most people nowadays need to learn. With a fast paced working environment, people are constantly subjected to tremendous pressure that result in unpleasant levels of stress in their lives. You need to be able to cope quickly with the amount of stress that you have to deal with since it produces several negative effects on your health.
Exercise is a great way to releive stress and there are so many options out there that everyone can find an activity that they enjoy doing but will also de-stress the body and mind.
Stress and It's Effects
First off, stress can cause your performance to drop because of your inability to focus on the tasks at hand. Stress can also affect your health and body. Oftentimes, stress can escalate into depression or anxiety. High blood pressure, poor eating habits and lack of rest caused by high stress can also lead to worse health conditions including heart disease.
Where to Start
If you're working long hours and stressed about balancing work and family life, it may be difficult to even start an exercise program for stress relief. Start small. Taking 20-30 minutes out of your busy day to take a walk through the park can do wonders for your stress level. Walking for half an hour a day can help kick start your fitness. It's also a great excuse to spend time with your family. Get everyone together for a walk after dinner or take the kids and the dog to the park for a good run.
Another good starting place is your local fitness center. There are many options at your fitness club from training on the equipment on your own, to working with a personal trainer, to joining a group class. Choose what suits your fitness style and life style best and make sure you do something that you enjoy so your more likely to stick with it. Even if you decide to work out on your own, book a consultation with a fitness trainer so they can show you the proper use of the equipment and help you set your goals.
Group classes may include anything from a relaxtion yoga class to a fast paced step class. Some clubs and fitness centers have started adding Zumba Fitness classes which incorporate latin dance and aerobics moves. Find what interests you and gets you moving.
How Does Exercise Help?
You may be wondering what all this exercise is going to do to benefit your stress levels. There are a number of reasons why physical activities reduce stress. The first is the chemicals released in the brain and body when you exert yourself through physical activity. Exercise can release endorphins and seratonin which boost our mood and make us more happy. Not only that but exercise can help reduce stress through confidence and body image. The more healthy we are and look the more confident we become. Confidence helps us take control of our lives and in turn reduce our stress levels.
Giving yourself 30 minutes to an hour to exercise, play a sport or do a class a couple times a week is also a great way to unwind and destress. Doing something for yourself can help take your mind off the stresses in life. It's also an opportunity to concentrate on something other than work. Clearing your head of the things that our clogging the brain and causing stress can help you regroup your thoughts.
It may seem that you don't have time to fit exercise into your busy schedule but there's always time to do even a short activity to get your body moving and your heart pumping. Exercise is so important for our physical health but it's also good for our mental health.