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Stress & Exercise

Sometimes life gets on top of us, stress levels rise and the simple tasks become a burden.

Our coping mechanisms will make or break us in times of high stress. It is a well known fact that exercise plays a huge role in reducing stress levels which is why the busiest of people just have to have it in their life!

Stress will affect us emotionally and mentally but it has physical affects too that people may believe are unrelated but actually are a direct result.

Some of the physical signs and symptoms of stress can include:

  • Disrupted sleep and fatigue
  • Muscle aches and tension
  • Headaches
  • Affect on appetite
  • Digestive problems
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Nausea and dizziness

Ensuring that you maintain a good level of activity in times of stress will help:

  • Improve the blood flow to your brain, bringing additional sugars and oxygen that may be needed when you are thinking intensely and removing waste products more rapidly.
  • Exercise will cause the release of chemicals called endorphins into your blood stream. These give you a feeling of happiness and positively affect your overall sense of well-being.

Overall, moving will just make you feel better and be able to better cope with any of the life challenges that come your way. As much as you will feel like you just cannot take it on or fit it in, it will be worth it.