Exercise and Stress Management

There are many consequences of stress, and the causes are multiple. Too much work, busy schedules or financial problems are just a few of the stressors we can experience every day. And if this feeling seems rather banal, it is nevertheless dangerous for health.

Indeed, there are two types of stress: acute and chronic. The first is the one has immediate effects we that our body puts itself in a combat situation to counter a threat: faster heart rate, more jerky breathing, abundant sweating, nausea, muscle stiffness.

The level of stress will then depend on its intensity, but it will disappear once the danger is removed, thus allowing the body to return to normal.

Stress becomes chronic:

– When an individual experiences frequent stress;

– When a great stress has not been controlled;

– When an individual does not know how to react effectively to stress (ie that his or her coping   mechanisms are inadequate or non-existent).

It’s not always easy to maintain a healthy weight when dealing with the consequences of stress, even less when you have a hectic lifestyle. For lack of time, or interest, we then tend to swallow the contents of our plate in one stroke, or to ignore the healthy meals.

But another responsible for size is closely linked to the overweight found in many people continuously stressed: the famous cortisol. This stress hormone sends a signal of hunger to our brain, since our body usually needs food to recover from an “aggression”. Except that these comfort foods are not always more balanced.

If you’re living with high levels of stress, you’re putting your entire well-being at risk. Stress wreaks havoc on your emotional equilibrium, as well as your physical health. It narrows your ability to think clearly, function effectively, and enjoy life.

Effective stress management, on the other hand, helps you break the hold stress has on your life, so you can be happier, healthier, and more productive. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun—and the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on. But stress management is not one-size-fits-all. That’s why it’s important to experiment and find out what works best for you. The following stress management tips can help you do that.

Exercise To Deal With Stress

Endurance sports are the anti-stress sport by excellence! Running is accessible to everyone except for people with cardiovascular problems, knees, ankles or back problems.

“Always start soft, then accelerate gradually.” At each end of the session, take a break, for example by trotting, and finish with a few light stretches … but not too long, because the effect on the muscle fibers would be counterproductive.

Another recommendation: wear compression socks to promote venous recovery and return to the calves. The fine-soled shoes will encourage a short support time, for a more dynamic posture. And do not forget to hydrate a lot!

Crossfit is a great option as well, it’s a mix of weightlifting, cardio and it’s the go to sport for all athlete!”

Thinning and muscle gain, cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, psychomotor agility, balance … to keep its promises this killer training varies the pleasures: running, rowing, jumping rope, punching in a boxing bag, moving odd and XXL objects, try the rings gymnastics and of course, lift the cast iron … everything is good to diversify the muscular chains mobilized.

Each room has its formula and each course changes from one session to another.

Strong point: the results are achieved quickly. Beware: be careful not to fall into overtraining and get hurt. It is recommended to look for courses that guarantee a practice in small groups, for more security. According to many sports doctors “these condensed exercises have the advantage of stimulating all the important muscles in a short time, but they raise the body up to 90% of its maximum heart rate. It is therefore necessary to carry out a medical check up first.

It’s always important to track your activity level using application on your smart phone or a wearable activity tracking device, this will help you keep a record of your actions as you work towards your change goals. The records should have everything that you’ve achieved and when you did it. And what goal you were trying to meet by engaging in that activity. A more elaborate record might contain a journal entry describing how you are feeling before and after taking each action so that you can keep track of how your mood and stress levels change as a result of your actions. Tracking what you do in this manner helps you to see otherwise invisible patterns of change as they happen, which in turn can help to maintain your motivation.