Sweat off the stress with exercise
Feeling irritable, run down and not sleeping well? Reducing stress could be the key to feeling better. Stress is the body’s natural response when you experience a life-changing event or situation out of your control.
Under stress the body produces a hormone known as Cortisol, responsible for a sleep disturbance, weight gain, cravings for junk food and a decrease in your body’s ability to fight off colds and influenza.
Regular exercise has the same effect on Cortisol as anti-venom has on snake bites. Physical activity causes your body to release endorphins. Endorphins are the anti-venom, happy hormones, which counteract the effect damaging effects of the stress hormone. In fact, recent research has proven even a brisk 10-minute walk can start reducing your stress levels straight away.
Aim for three to five workout sessions a week for at least 45 minutes and let exercise be your stress reliever.
Next time you start to feel like life is weighing you down, lace up your running shoes and hit the road or the gym to sweat off your stress.