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Can Exercise Really Reduce Stress?

High levels of stress have become very prevalent in our day and age of fast-paced living. Stress is our bodies’ reaction to changes in our lives and to a certain extent is a positive thing. However, many of us experience high levels of stress in our daily lives. This can lead to negative effects and result in what’s called distress.

Distress can wreak havoc on your overall health and can even lead to physical illness. These physical symptoms can include headaches, sleeping problems, and elevated blood pressure, to name a few.

So what can be done to reduce stress? Exercise can become your best friend when it comes to reducing negative symptoms of stress in your life and can keep your body and mind healthy. Can exercise really reduce stress? Let’s find out…

Physical Benefits of Exercise

People who experience high levels of stress on a daily basis may feel fatigued or like they never have enough energy to get things done. Incorporating exercise into your daily routine has been shown to promote increased energy levels. While you may feel like you do not have the energy to exercise in the first place, getting up and enjoying a quality exercise routine can actually leave you feeling more energized afterward.

Another physical benefit of exercise is that is acts as a release for built up feelings of stress. Exercise can give you a break from your daily routine, again leaving you feeling refreshed and more energetic–which also reduces stress.

Mental Benefits of Exercise

Along with negative physical effects, stress can also take a toll on you mentally. Exercise can combat this and has been shown to improve overall cognitive function including alertness and concentration. Feeling more alert and having the ability to concentrate will help you achieve daily tasks better and in turn decrease levels of stress.

Exercise also produces endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that promote feelings of overall well-being. Getting in any exercise during your day will increase the production of endorphins to your brain and reduce the perceived feeling of stress.

The Verdict: exercise can really reduce stress! Reaping the stress-reducing benefits of exercise is easy. Exercising only takes a small part of your day and it can be done in a number of ways. As we have mentioned before, exercise does not have to be hard. That is why we developed the IdealShape Up Challenge, to give you an awesome exercise program that fits conveniently into your busy schedule. Join today

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