Exercise and Stress
Personal Trainer Kelowna
Private Gym Training
We’ve all been there, when start to get a little crazy at work, you start to go a little crazy in life, your body starts reacting muscles may be tense, especially in your face, neck, and shoulders, leaving you with back or neck pain, or painful headaches. You may feel a tightness in your chest, a pounding pulse, or muscle cramps, even have trouble sleeping. Then you could start a cycle of worrying about these physical symptoms and that leading to more stress.
Exercise is an effective way to break this cycle, as well as releasing endorphins in the brain, physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body. Since the body and mind are so closely linked, when your body feels better so will your mind and you will often find that you’ve forgotten the day’s stresses after your workout in the gym. By lowering your stress levels you will begin to have a sense of command over your body and your life.
With regular exercise you will begin to lose your daily tensions, the repetitive motions involved in exercise promote a focus on your body, rather than your mind. By concentrating on the rhythm of your movements, you experience many of the same benefits of meditation while working out, by focussing on a single physical task you can produce a sense of energy and optimism and may find you are more able to focus on the tasks in hand, thinking clearly and calmly. Regular exercise can increase your self confidence, as it relaxes you it can lower the symptoms associated with anxiety and stress. Also can improve your sleep which suffers if you are stressed.
All types of exercise can increase your fitness and decrease your stress, but it is important to choose an activity that you enjoy rather than dread, otherwise you will defeat the object if you are stressing over doing a 5k run if you’d rather be swimming a few lengths in the pool. Try a variety of activities until you find some you enjoy and you’ll be more likely to stick with your workout routine. Get together with your personal trainer and come up with an exercise regime to suit your lifestyle and your needs and will build up your fitness levels gradually.
Don’t forget apart from being a good stress buster, exercise also has these added health benefits
• strengthens your heart
• increases energy levels
• lowers blood pressure
• improves muscle tone and strength
• strengthens and builds bones
• helps reduce body fat
• makes you look fit and feel healthy
Schedule your exercise in and make it part of your daily/weekly agenda.