Let’s face it; stress is an inevitable part of life, as much as we don’t like to admit it. It makes us upset or angry and, for some people, it makes us eat all the foods we know we probably shouldn’t. As much as stress is a part of life, exercise and physical activity should be as well, if not only to be that stress reliever.
It is widely known that participating in any form of physical activity or exercise promotes the release of endorphins; the feel-good chemicals the body produces which assist in uplifting your mood and improving your ability to manage stress for the day. Exercise is also a great way to distract you from the day’s irritations or concerns! So you see, exercise and physical activity is not only going to make you look good, it will make you feel good too, and the positive effects will be felt straight away and can also be felt for a few days after.
Exercise in any form whether it be a daily walk with the dog or a full weights session can also improve your mood, self-confidence and can have a relaxing effect on mild-depressive and anxious thoughts, in-turn giving you a sense of control over your body, mind and life. Whatever you do, make sure the fitness session is something that you enjoy and make it part of your regular routine. Exercise should be an activity that you want to do and not just another thing on your to-do list every day; build your fitness base up slowly and prepare to feel mentally stronger and physically fitter.
Stephanie Johnston (B.Sc. Exercise Physiology)
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AES, AEP)(ESSAM)