Get active to manage stress and feel the changes to your well-being
Exercise is crucial to your mental health just as much as your physical well-being. In almost any form, exercise can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries.
You don’t have to be fitness fanatics to see and feel the benefits of exercise. Whatever your age or fitness level, you can use exercise to change your life for the better.
Is it time to get active?
Breaking though the first stage of routine exercise can be hard, especially if you are not used to it. But the more you do it, the more you enjoy it, and it eventually becomes a necessary part of your happiness.
Staying physically active will bring remarkable changes to your body and mind. The positive effects of exercise will be felt early on as you notice a lift in your mood and more clarity in your thoughts. You will also feel a sense of pride and achievement as you start to see a healthy physical glow.
When your body is busy, your mind is distracted. Even a short stroll helps to clear your mind and reduce stress. Studies have shown that exercise works quickly in alleviating stress in people and the positive effects can be long-term.
How do you know exercise will help you to manage stress?
There are several ways in which exercise promotes stress relief. When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol and adrenaline in levels you don’t always cope with. This leaves you feeling anxious and sends your mind into overdrive.
It is exhausting and it depletes your ability to think clearly.
Believe it or not, exercise is actually a powerful pick-me-up that can make you feel more energetic. It all comes down to endorphins, or ‘happy hormones’ – the most natural way to find relief from stress. Any form of exercise will produce endorphins and will leave your body feeling calm and energised.
Not only does exercise completely refocus your mind and make you more aware of what you are doing, the endorphins you release will help you to maintain a more positive outlook afterwards.
As you learn more about the positive effects of exercise, you will understand why it can be so beneficial for your mental health.
But there’s no time!
This is a genuine feeling in today’s society, no-one has time, but lack of exercise is a modern problem. We fill our days to the brim with work and family commitments and convince ourselves there is no time left to focus on us.
The good news is that you don’t need to spend hours at the gym each day to reap the benefits of exercise. A short walk each day is better than nothing at all. You can set aside time during a lunch break or before work and incorporate it into your routine. With your mind completely focused on the exercise, you will be removed from the situation causing you stress.
Successfully manage stress in three simple steps
- Set small, daily goals. It’s better to walk every day for 20 minutes than wait for the weekend and workout for three hours. Frequency and consistency are key
- Find forms of exercise that are enjoyable and fun! Whether it’s on your own or in a group, discover the kinds of exercise that you think would be fun, as you will be more likely to be consistent with exercise if you look forward to it.
- Recruiting an exercise buddy, someone who has similar goals to yourself might be just the motivation you need to stay committed. It’s also rewarding to have someone on board who you can share your successes with.
It’s a miracle cure so take your daily recommended dose
Exercise is often hugely under-rated as a way to improve your sense of well-being and the thing is, it works – so let’s embrace it!
Feel the positive effects of exercise with the help of Live Life Get Active.
An initiative with the aim of creating a fitter, happier and healthier society, Live Life Get Active has a manageable schedule five days a week at a number of locations across the country. See the full list here.
Tackle stress head-on in a X-Training circuit, or breathe away those negative thoughts in an active Yoga class. Whatever form of exercise, the friendly and experienced trainers will help you find stress relief in the healthiest possible way.
Best of all… it’s free.
All you need to do is register here to give yourself the freedom of a clear mind.
Here is a comment from one of our very happy members.
Hi! It’s Natalie from this morning! I just wanted to say how great the class was and I really enjoyed it. You are such a lovely person Cherise! Feeling great after my protein shake and pumped for the day ahead.