Infertility, adoption, finances, these
are all areas that can produce stress, but any form of physical activity can
help you unwind and can become an important part of your approach to easing
stress. A regular exercise routine not only helps mange stress but it can also
help you get ready to carry around your new baby or chase and active
How does exercise reduce stress?
- It pumps up your endorphins. Physical activity helps to bump
up the production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called
endorphins. Although this function is often referred to as a runner's high,
other activity can also contribute to this same feeling.
- It's meditation in movement. After exercising you may find
that you've forgotten the day's dilemmas and irritations because you are
concentrated only on your body's movements. As you begin to regularly shed your
daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you may find that this
focus on a single task, and the resulting energy and optimism, can help you
remain calm and clear in everything that you do.
- It improves your mood. Regular exercise can increase
self-confidence and lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and
anxiety. This can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over
your body and your life.
- It has social benefits. Most often physical activity
involves others and gives you a double dose of stress-relief with the combined
benefits of exercise and fun with friends.
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