By – Functional Nutritionist Mugdha Pradhan, CEO & Founder of iThrive
Physical activities help to improve oxygen and blood flow in your body which positively impacts the brain. It further increases the endorphins, also known as “feel good” neurotransmitters. The neurotransmitters instill a sense of good health which is why a lot of people’s mood seems to be elevated post-workout or any sort of exercise regime.
Exercise has been scientifically proven to be great for mental health. Repetition increases the mental ability to focus and enables the body to feel increased energy, optimism, calmness, and clarity.
How often should one exercise and why?
When embarking on your journey to exercise, it is important to start with a simple rule – move often. One should move for 1 minute every 1 hour of sitting. You can also do any kind of light workout during your day, like jogging, without any distraction such as from phones. Focus on regular exercise rather than a heavy workout.
Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol.
It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body’s
natural painkillers and mood elevators. Endorphins help in achieving deep sleep. Deep sleep helps restore the brain’s prefrontal mechanism that regulates emotions by lowering emotional and physiological reactivity and preventing the escalation of anxiety.
Best exercise to manage stress
Exercise can reduce stress for anyone, including those who aren’t professional athletes or marathon runners. Workout of any kind can be beneficial. For instance, take into account attempting mild exercises like swimming or engaging in water activities, biking, fast walking, or jogging; playing racquetball or tennis, dancing, rowing; try weight lifting or workouts using resistance bands if you want to build your muscles.
You can feel better emotionally by doing something as basic as gardening or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
Any form of exercise can improve your health and reduce stress. But it’s crucial to pick an enjoyable pastime over one you loathe. Running for a 5K won’t help you relax if the prospect of running gets you tense. A range of activities should be tried until you find the ones you like. You’ll be more inclined to persist with your exercise plan when you’re having fun.
The benefits of exercise for reducing stress might be increased by working out with a friend. Physical activity can become more enjoyable than work when done with friends or family.
To sum up
Any type of activity can boost your well-being and lower stress. Stress can lead to major problems if left unnoticed over a long period of time. It is important that we start to take care of our bodies early on in order to avoid damage as we grow old.
When we age, our body loses the ability to renew itself quickly due to a weakened immune system; hence we should train our body and mind and prioritize good health overall. It will not just keep the stress at bay but also save you from various conventional diseases or problems that one seems to fall prey to in successive years.