Fitness Tips for The Average Joe

Exercise and Stress Relief.

Stress can be defined as a state of emotional or mental strain which in most cases have adverse effects. A stressed person is prone to psychological breakdown. Stress is caused by very many factors. People are affected by the causes of stress differently. Some people get stressed at their workplace. At the workplace, one can be affected by being unhappy with the job, working for long hours, and working under dangerous conditions. The other category of stress is the life stress. The causes of life stress are divorce, getting married, loss of a job, the death of a loved one among others.

Stress can also emanate from inside a person. One might stress themselves when they worry too much about certain things. Worrying about certain issues such as the fear of uncertainty, attitude and perceptions, unrealistic expectations, and major life changes can result in stress. Stress is a form of mental instability. This is why people are advised to try as much as possible to be stress free. There are some negative health effects that are associated with stress. These include a headache, fatigue, difficulty in sleeping and irritability. Some of the health implications of stress can be life-threatening. However, there are ways that can help a stressed person to do away with the stress.

Some of these ways are as follows. It is important that a stressed person should avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. Both nicotine and caffeine are stimulants. These substances affect increasing the stress levels as opposed to the belief of reducing the stress levels. Alcohol is a depressant when taken in large quantities, however, it is not a helpful way of dealing with stress. Getting enough sleep is one of the methods of managing stress. This is so, since lack of enough sleep is capable of causing stress. There are also some relaxation techniques that one might try to help them reduce stress. Most of them are tried and tested.

The other means of stress management is through doing physical exercises. Stress is accompanied by the increase in the levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. The levels of these hormones can be increased further by doing exercise. Iit is not, however, necessary that the exercise be vigorous. Brisk walking in fresh air can be very helpful. A more permanent situation is the incorporation of physical activities in your daily routine.

The are several mechanisms on how exercise help to relieve stress. One of the direct stress-busting effects of exercise is that it pumps up your endorphins. These are brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters. The irritations of the day can be forgotten following an exercise session. The mood of a person can be improved following an exercise session. This is done by increasing one’s self-confidence, it can help someone to relax and can also lower the symptoms of mild depression and anxiety.