Exercise as a Stress Management Tool | Unilever Horlicks
How should you use Exercise as a Stress Management Tool?
If you are one of those people who often take stress, then you should add some physical activity to your life.
When stressed, each of your body systems such as cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, muscular etc. go in a fight or flight mode. There may be an adrenaline rush in your body or the levels of anxiety may be high. Continued stress and anxiety can lead to various ailments.
Exercise: A Good Stress Buster
Any form of physical activity such as yoga, aerobics, running or workout in a gymnasium fits into the category of exercise. It increases our overall health and adds to our well-being. Some benefits of exercise are as follows:
- Boosts your endorphin levels: Endorphins are a kind of neurotransmitters that relax your body during stress conditions. Any form of physical activity increases the levels of endorphins in your system.
- Improves your blood circulation: Improved activity levels increase the blood circulation in your body and takes the stress away. It not only vitalises every organ in your body but also keeps you active throughout the day.
- Gives you a goodnight sleep: When stressed, you may not have a sound sleep. But when you indulge in some kind of physical labour or exercise, your body relaxes and helps you fall asleep peacefully. A sound sleep is a must to end your day
Just Do it!
- Start slowly and build your stamina for a particular activity or exercise.
- Dance, jog, bike or walk for atleast 30 minutes, 3-5 times in a week.
- Be patient when you start a new exercise program.
- It takes about four to eight weeks for people to get in routine and enjoy the benefits of exercise.
- Walk before you run! Take baby steps before you achieve something big. It is advisable to start with some light exercises and then go for other higher forms of activities. Keep pushing yourselves to do more each day.
- For beginners, a combination of moderately rigorous and light exercise helps. Set small daily goals and aim for daily consistency rather than perfect workouts.
- Strength training should be a part of your overall exercise regime.
- If you are unable to decide upon a particular exercise, pick and choose the one that you like the most.
- You may start exercising along with a group of people or in a place where there are enough people to motivate you. For example, a nearby gymnasium or a park, where you will find like-minded people indulging themselves in weight training or running or swimming.
- Distract yourself with an iPod or other portable media player to download audio-books, podcasts, or music.
- It is important to be regular. Focus on the exercise and make it an important part of your daily routine