Did you know that chronic stress raises blood pressure, suppresses the immune system and can cause weight gain? When you are under stress your body releases many hormones. One of these hormones is known as cortisol. This particular hormone sends a signal throughout your body to store fat. Most specifically it tells the body to store fat in the abdominal area. Cortisol has also been linked to heart disease and is an appetite stimulant. It stimulates your brain to eat more which causes you to want to overindulge in your favorite foods.
Exercise has been shown to release endorphins which are feel good chemicals and working out helps release stress. The May Clinic states that, although this is often referred to as “runner’s high”, a challenging sport or a walk outdoors can also can contribute to this same feeling. According to the Mayo Clinic “virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. If you’re not an athlete or even if you’re downright out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management. Discover the connection between exercise and stress relief — and why exercise should be part of your stress management plan.”
In order to de-stress you need to make a conscious decision to do so. We are all different and some of us are better at handling stress than others. I suggest that everyone try to identify the mental and emotional stressors in your life. Try writing down on a piece of paper everything in your life that is a stressor and make the decision to:
- Get rid of it
- Accept the stress and move on
- Or head over to http://www.youtube.com/trainitright or go to the gym and get a workout in!
So get up, get active and get moving so you can rid yourself of the stress!
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