Stress is everywhere: in our homes, our jobs and on the street. Since we can’t get away from it, it is best to learn how to manage it. One way to get your stress under control is through exercise.
What does exercise do for you? For starters, it functions to bring health to your body. Strong core muscles resist injuries to the back. Your other muscles grow stronger as well. You can walk up stairs, carry packages and move around with ease when your body is in shape.
Running is just one type of exercise that can function in the war on stress. Stress can manifest itself in the body. When overcome with stress, you can experience insomnia, loss of appetite, short temper, depression, lack of proper nutrition and all manner of conditions. This is the result of not handling stress well in your life.
Running is related to walking and jogging. Your body is the only equipment you need besides a great pair of running shoes. Proper footwear cushions your ankles against shock as you move.
Perform a warm up and cool down to stretch the muscles correctly to avoid injury that can waylay your exercise efforts. You are also prone to stress fractures, sprains and strains when the body is not properly heated up.
Running has many benefits for both men and women. During exercise, chemicals called endorphins are secreted into the body. These are “feel-good” substances that can improve your entire well-being. It is like nature’s quick pick-me-up to improve your mood.
Everyone wants to feel good. The good thing here is that to feel it again, you have to run again (or perform some other type of exercise). It is your internal incentive to get fit and reduce the effects of stress on your body. While you are running, you are also learning to breathe more efficiently. That will lead to a clearer head to think things over as you hit the trails.
Running is one way to reduce the production of stress hormones like cortisol in the body. This particular hormone causes the body to store belly fat. No matter how much you exercise and perform crunches, your stress level can keep you from losing that weight.
Running can be done anywhere and at any time. Go for a run on your lunch break or right after work. In the winter, you can run on indoor tracks or a treadmill. Because it is a weight-bearing exercise, you are also strengthening your bones in the process.
Want to manage your stress? Think about running as your exercise of choice. You can do it anywhere, you need no equipment and the benefits can be felt from your first time out.
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