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Exercise

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Human beings were designed to move, not sit on chairs. So exercise is an essential part of good body function. But the good news is that exercise is your shortest route to a feeling of well-being and a physical glow. Everyone knows that exercise is good for you and that it is one of the best stress combatants available; however the majority of peoples' excuse is that they are too busy and stress to fit it into their routines.

Not only does it keep the heart healthy and get oxygen into the system, but it helps deplete stress hormones and releases mood-enhancing chemicals which help us cope with stress better.

Endorphins: These are often classified to be the happy hormones. Any form of physical activity leads to the release of these feel good neurotransmitters. The increase in endorphins in your body leads to a feeling of euphoria, modulation of appetite, the release of different sex hormones and an enhancement of immune response. This helps combat the negative effects of stress.

Whether you are building muscle or stamina, all types of exercise relaxes tense muscles and tissue. These can strongly contribute to stress-related aches and pains such as neck or back pains and headaches.

Exercise is also particularly good when it’s competitive. This will enable you to raise your game to a higher performance level that you would otherwise achieve. Try a sport with an opponent such as tennis or badminton, or a situation where you can set up a race against someone else, such as cycling, swimming or even power walking with a friend.

But whatever exercise you try, you will soon discover its major benefit is that it allows you to forget your problems. Exercise helps you to shed the day's irritations and the focus you place on your feel good exercise results in higher energy levels and optimism can help you feel clearer and calmer. Not only do you become completely absorbed in what you are doing at the time. But the positive endorphins that exercise releases will also help you maintain a more positive outlook afterwards.

 

Exercise tips:

We know it can be hard to get into a good exercise routine so here are a few tips to get you well on your way to a healthier and stress free life:

Do something you love:

Select sports or other physical activities that you enjoy. If you enjoy lifting weights then don't begin training for a marathon or try a triathlon. Any form of exercise or physical activity will increase your fitness and combat stress so stick with what you like doing to keep motivation levels high.

Don't run before you can walk:

Start off slow! Don't go throwing yourself into the deep end as this will result in a higher risk of injury and you will feel less motivated as you won't be enjoying the exercising that you are partaking in. So instead, build up your fitness levels slowly, perhaps start with 20-30 minutes initially and work your way up to an hour over three months.