Have you experienced aches and pains while you work? Have you felt tired even before you start working? This may be the effect of stress on your body. Most medical experts agree that stress can have a profound influence in the decline of your normal bodily functions resulting in tight muscles, migraine, drowsiness, etc.
Experts also agree that physical exercise can improve your health despite stress caused by factors like career, personal or social issues.
Because of the above, it’s advisable to take some time off from work, get a good night’s sleep, wake up early in the morning and engage in some type of physical exercise.
Physical exercise for stress management
Physical exercise can improve your body’s adaptability to stress.
Exercise should involve routine movements that will improve your cardiovascular functions and strengthen your heart. This, in turn, improves the circulation of your blood and other bio-chemicals which your body requires to maintain good health.
When your muscles are supplied with oxygen, muscle health improves increasing endurance, stamina and flexibility. Also, when engaging in physical exercise, an outlet for your mental stress is created providing a healthy release of depression, anxiety, anger, fear, etc.
It’s advisable to follow an exercise regime to have the desired result. Simply jogging around the block or lifting some weights will not provide the desired overall effect of a complete workout.
Here are some tips that will help in releasing stress through physical exercise:
1. Time. Before indulging in some serious sweating, it’s advisable to set some time aside allowing you to have an uninterrupted workout. Usually, early morning is the best time for exercise.
2. Warm-up exercise. It is very important to engage in “light” exercise to warm up before engaging in a heavy-duty workout. By doing some light stretches, bending, flexing, etc., utilizing all muscle groups from your feet up to your head, painful cramping can be avoided.
Make sure you do this slowly and with pre-set time intervals so your body won’t react negatively.
Why warm-up? It allows your body to adapt to the work-out slowly, safely and comfortably.
3. Tools. If you decide not to go to the gym and choose to exercise at home, there are myriad of books and videos to which you can and should refer to ensure you exercise safely. Choose the one you feel you will have the most success with making sure you incorporate routines for different parts of your body.
If you want to create a serious exercise regime you might want to consider purchasing equipment that will enhance your workout and improve your body’s performance.
4. Proper Diet. Probably, the most important facet of health and, of course, your physical workout is your food intake.
While improving your muscles, make sure that your internal organs are supported through a healthy diet. Make sure that you eat enough so that you’re body won’t get tired from the physical exercise, but also avoid unwanted cholesterol and calories. Stay away from fast and junk foods. Stick with healthy fruits and veggies…they are always a healthy choice.
If you don’t have time to do a full workout, don’t let it stop you from making the most out of what you have.
I have an elliptical machine that has strong resistance. If I only have 5 minutes, I will do 5 minutes.
If the weather is good, take a 5 minute walk. You might be surprised by how much you will love clearing your head and, with that positive experience under your belt, you might have the incentive to do 6 minutes the next day.
Getting in a five or six minute burst of exercise is better than not doing it at all. It will give you the oxygen that you need to provide an energy boost, especially, when done in the middle of the day. And, of course, fresh air will help your body re-oxygenate assisting in the recovery from accumulated stress. Lastly, don’t forget to check with you medical provider before making any lifestyle changes.
Whatever you can do, just do it! Your body will love you for it and it will pay you back 10 fold with increasing wellness.