No matter what the cause, many of us experience stress in our lives. At some periods in our lives, it may be more difficult to cope with stress than usual. The good news is, there is one thing you can do that can relieve stress that can be done every day: exercise.
Exercise has been proven to reduce stress levels. It increases the brains production of endorphins, feel-good chemicals, which can help you feel good despite whatever it is that is stressing you out.
Some people consider exercise as a way of not only releasing endorphins, but as a sort of meditation. Registered nurse Angela Lynn Rapley of St. Louis Missouri finds that when she is mountain biking, she forgets about the worries of the day and instead focuses only on getting up the next hill. She also enjoys exercising outdoors as a way to reduce her stress level.
Exercise can also help you sleep better, and if you sleep better, you may find that you are better able to deal with the challenges of life. Good sleep is a vital component of having good mental and physical health.
If you want to reduce stress by exercising, the first thing you need to do is choose an activity that you would enjoy. You probably won’t experience stress relief if you are regularly walking the treadmill when you’d rather be swimming or running the local nature trail.
In order to experience all the benefits of exercise for stress reduction, you need to exercise on a regular basis. This means scheduling a time to exercise and stick to it. Once you make it a habit, you may find it’s easier to get started, and then you’ll likely begin to see the stress reduction that comes from regular exercise.