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Stress is any strain on our minds or bodies caused by an external factor. Whatever the stress, it can affect our metabolism (ability to burn calories), physiological functions, and even our outlook on life. Some stress is motivating, but the wrong kind of stress can be detrimental to our health. One of the most common stressful feelings is anxiety, usually caused by the fear of not being able to cope with a situation, and this can result in many stress disorders. One of the best and simplest ways to help combat anxiety and stress is to exercise.
Exercise can help with stress in many ways and these ways are often those little things we forget to do for ourselves;
Exercise helps to relieve stress by clearing the mind of stressful thoughts. It also blocks bodily feelings through the release of endorphins that can ward off the unhealthy responses from stress in our body. Stress also depletes our vitamin stores, especially B complex and vitamin C, and many minerals. It is very important to supplement these in the body when we are under stress and consider including some relaxation techniques such as stretching, yoga, and massage are a few ways we can relax our minds and bodies.
One of the best and simplest ways to help combat anxiety and stress is to exercise. — Lee-Anne