Using Exercise to Decrease Stress Levels

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In modern times, it can seem hard to not let common daily scenarios build up excess stress that you don’t want to deal with. While we all likely have our own coping mechanisms to deal with this stress already, you may be surprised to learn that incorporating exercise into your daily routine can substantially decrease stress levels. If you have excess energy because of a sedentary office job or just need to let off a little steam, here are some of the ways that exercise can help decrease stress levels for you.

When you become stressed, your body enters a state of heightened arousal that shocks the system and provides an immediate burst of energy known as the “fight or flight” response. When this happens, it is important to have an outlet for this energy to return the body back to a state of normalcy as quickly as possible. Failure to do so can lead to extended periods, even up to several hours, of this heightened state of excess energy and completely derail your entire day.

One of the easiest ways to release this pent-up energy is to channel it into a physical activity such as walking or running. However, if you have access to a gym, investing your time in a traditional weight lifting or other forms of cardio can also provide an increase reduction of this excess energy. The important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t overdo it just because you feel stressed. Otherwise, you may injure yourself and further exacerbate the problem.

Ideally, you will want to invest up to 30 minutes each day doing moderate exercise or activities that increase your energy exertion level. Depending on the weather and time of year, this could include swimming, ice skating or even dancing. The important thing to keep in mind is that you are remaining active each day. Try varying your exercise routines to ensure you don’t experience burnout and keep stress levels to a minimum at all times.

I hope these practical tips help you start decreasing your stress levels more easily. Without removing this excess energy, you will likely find it hard to fall asleep or achieve your target sleep goals. Exercise not only helps prepare your body for a great night’s sleep, but it will also release endorphins that can help make your stress levels disappear quickly. There has never been a better time to get started than now!


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