Fight stress with physical activity
Performing aerobic activity on a regular basis is an excellent way to fight stress and release endorphins, which help to improve your mood and personal well being at the same time.
Irritability, aches and pains
If you notice you have back pain, headaches, insomnia or high blood pressure, or if you feel especially tired and irritable, stress may be starting to affect your life.
Widespread soreness due to stress is caused by muscular rigidity. Your body's posture begins to reflect the tension of your psychological situation, and your muscles begin to lose their mobility and elasticity.
Stress can even exert pressure upon the walls of your arteries, which are made to constrict, thus resulting in high blood pressure. Aerobic exercise is one of the most effective ways to fight stress.
The calming effect of aerobic activity
Just three weekly sessions of good cardiovascular aerobic exercise at 40-60% of your cardiac range can help your blood pressure decrease and stabilize, even for many hours after training.
Activities such as running, walking, swimming or cycling have a calming effect due to their excellent rhythmical nature. Working out on a treadmill can likewise help to manage stress and strong emotions in a positive, healthy manner.
Aerobic activity increases the production of endorphins, which induce a feeling of wellbeing while at the same time reducing the physical effects of adrenaline overproduction.
Which activity should you choose?
Choose an activity that’s not competitive, and that you really enjoy, in order to ensure commitment and motivation. You will work out more frequently, for longer periods and with better results if you look forward to the activity.
If you enjoy personal space and tranquility, it is recommended to avoid crowded places, like swimming pools, and possibly go for a run in the park instead. The gym is a perfect solution if you want to see many people and socialize.
How often should you work out?
It depends on how much time you have. It's good to exercise every day, even in short sessions. At least three exercise sessions per week are generally recommended, but getting as much exercise as possible is better, even if it’s just walking or cycling to work or to the store.
“Activities such as running, walking, swimming or cycling have a calming effect due to their excellent rhythmical nature.”