Life can be stressful and full of pressure. Business meetings, deadlines and the fact that you must get a workout every day are never-ending pressures that force their way into our lives. Exercise makes us look good, stay fit, and helps our mental outlook. Aerobic exercise also reduces half of the anxiety we experience from day to day. Of course running will not remove all the obstacles in a day, but it sure helps the way you see them. There are several reasons exercise reduces stress and anxiety:
- Improved Mood: Aerobic exercise produces chemicals that make you “feel good”. Increased blood flow helps tremendously. Better outlook, less stress, and less anxiety.
- Increased Energy: Exercise in the morning helps you have an energy boost all day. If tired at first – keep going – the energy will come. Eat right, and stick with it!
- Better Sleep: Sleep recharges you body, clears your mind, and allows you to process information from the day. Frequent, better quality sleep, on a regular basis will help you cope. (No aerobic workouts close to bedtime.)
- Clarity: Our mind is our command center and working out is essential to keeping this part of our body in line. Think of it as maintenance for the most important parts. It helps us to see the work and tackle it instead of stressing and being anxious about the work. It helps you be more efficient and waste less steps. It also helps you clear your mind and loose all the distractions.
If you are not able to do a typical aerobic, or other workout, you can try yoga. This type of workout can be done at home as well. There are even “hot yoga” classes. Yoga helps you pump oxygenated blood through your system and loosen up all of the tension and shortening your body experiences. There are many stress releasing movements that will really help you clear your mind and wash away stress. You can also do these stretches in your home.
The main idea is to get started. You will see the benefits and you WILL notice a difference in your life.