Despite the idea of introducing exercise into your daily routine not seeming like the obvious answer for coping with stress, there might be more to working out than we know.
Take a look below to discover the stress busting benefits of exercise, as well as how you can start to incorporate working out into your routine for a #betterlife 💚
Endorphins, Stress and Exercise
It’s probably a well known fact by now that exercising releases a certain hormone known as serotonin, commonly associated with feelings of elation and happiness.
The brain can achieve a natural high with exercise, even just ten minutes of walking can release serotonin, whilst activities such as heading for a jog, going to the gym or practising a home workout can produce a large amount of the hormone.
Not to worry, exercise can often help to banish feelings of grogginess and lethargy, the usual side affects of stress.
Exercise can also be brilliant for allowing the mind to focus on the here and now, allowing the brain to switch off from the other pressures of life, focusing instead on the important aspects of working out, such as breathing and co-ordination. Studies have shown that exercise allows more focus than certain types of meditation!
Despite the benefits of exercise for stress, it is also important to remember that having a consistent routine for working out can deliver the best stress busting results.
Struggling to find the motivation? Head to our motivation article here, or take a look at some of our tips below.
How to Start Exercising
It’s super important to set a routine if you’re interested in exploring exercise.
Discover the best time to head out on a run or take a trip to the gym, before working this in with the rest of your day. Whilst some prefer to work out in the morning before their day really begins, for others, a trip to the gym after work is the best way to wind down after a busy day, it all comes down to what suits you best.
Grab a Buddy
Grab a work out buddy! Exercising never seems as daunting when you’ve got a friend with you along the way.
Working out with a pal can also be great for motivation, as you work to spur each other on towards your goals.
Not suited to the gym? Feel trapped whenever you set foot in one? Not to worry!
There are plenty of options you can explore when it comes to exercising outside, from jogging through to outdoor gyms and group exercise classes. Find what works for you to banish your stress and boost your energy.
Set A Goal
One of the most important aspects of working out is to set a goal, this way, you’ll have something to eventually work towards. Having a goal in mind is the ultimate form of motivation and can be perfect on the days you’re struggling to find the energy.
Adopting a goal also helps you to foster a healthy mindset, which can be perfect for banishing stress from your life.