HOW EXERCISING IS A STRESS RELIEVER

We live in a stressful world. From the stress at home to the stress at work, we need a break sometimes. We all try to find a way to escape it. One way I found it exercising and I will tell you why.

What is stress?

Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. Stress is your body's reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. Anxiety is stress that continues after the stressor is gone.


Which hormones are responsible for stress?

The primary hormones released when stressed are adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain's use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues.


What do they do on long term

The long-term activation of the stress-response system and the overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones that follows can disrupt almost all your body's processes. This puts you at increased risk of many health problems, including: anxiety, depression, weight gain, lost of hair, etc. Too much cortisol over a prolonged period of time can lead to a condition called Cushing's syndrome.


Which hormones are released when exercising?

When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.


What do they do on long term

Improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of regular physical activity. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as "euphoric." That feeling, known as a "runner's high," can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life. Endorphins act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain. They also act as sedatives. They are manufactured in your brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of your body and are released in response to brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. The neuron receptors endorphins bind to are the same ones that bind some pain medicines. However, unlike with morphine, the activation of these receptors by the body's endorphins does not lead to addiction or dependence.

Regular exercise has been proven to:

  • Reduce stress

  • Ward off anxiety and feelings of depression

  • Boost self-esteem

  • Improve sleep

Exercise also has these added health benefits:

  • It strengthens your heart.

  • It increases energy levels.

  • It lowers blood pressure.

  • It improves muscle tone and strength.

  • It strengthens and builds bones.

  • It helps reduce body fat.

  • It makes you look fit and healthy.


Conclusion

Exercising is proven to be a stress reliever. The hormones released when doing sports or yoga or zumba, etc. are anti-anxiety so anti-stress.

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