Stress is prevalent. Unhealthy amounts of stress may lead to many negative side effects including aches and pains, insomnia, illness, burnout, decreased motivation, and many other symptoms that get in the way of enjoying life. Cortisol is the stress hormone, it regulates blood pressure and keeps us healthy. Unfortunately, using it for extended periods of time is what leads to all the yucky stuff associated with stress.
Physical activity has been shown to reduce symptoms of stress. When we exercise our body releases endorphins, happy and good feeling hormones. These hormones help us feel good about our life, replacing negative thoughts and feelings that stem from stress and cortisol.
Exercise can come in the form of anaerobic and aerobic activity in the gym, on the sidewalk, on the court and field, or even in your own home. You should pick an environment you are comfortable in, and an activity that you enjoy.
Remember, the goal here isn’t to increase a one rep max, cut down on your five kilometer run time, or reduce body fat to “X” percent, it’s to unwind and to get moving. So don’t sweat the numbers! It’s ok to Giver!, but remember, the main reason you are exercising is to increase your wellness, so keep it healthy and fun!