It’s kind of ironic that two very common problems in our society today are stress and obesity, and that you can find relief for both of these problems with one simple act: exercise. Yes, it’s true, you can exercise to relieve stress.
Your body produces endorphins when you exercise, endorphins can help you feel relaxed and at ease and produce an overall feeling of well being, even euphoria. This is what is referred to as the ‘runners high’. This chemical is actually similar in structure to morphine.
By exercising regularly you are releasing these endorphins into your system which will help you feel less out of control and stressed. This feeling of well being will follow you throughout the day, long after you’ve left the gym.
Another stress busting factor in exercise is the ability to get out all, or at least some, of your pent up frustrations. Daily frustrations are cumulative and over time they can add up to one very big ball of stress.
We all know that if we allow stress to build up for too long we eventually explode. Regular exercise will help you get it out of your system. If we control those explosions by focusing that energy into something constructive, such as a boxing class, or a nice long jog, we can get the stress relief we need without getting ourselves into trouble.
If you’re really angry nothing feels better than to do some very high intensity exercise. Do you still feel angry and upset after you’ve spent an hour at the gym, or running, swimming, biking, or even just taking a nice long walk? Most people will feel a pleasant calmness after an invigorating workout.
You can really melt away alot of stress and anger by converting that angry energy into a physical workout.
Another reason exercise is a good stress reliever is because when you work out you tend to have a much higher self esteem. When we feel insecure about ourselves we tend to be on high alert and in a low simmer all the time.
Much of the stress we face is self induced. It’s sometimes our own doubts and insecurities that create stress for us. Instead of letting our doubts and insecurities be another stressor we can use exercise as a way to improve our physical and mental health.
If we are feeling good about ourselves, if we feel strong, in control and confidant, then we simply aren’t as prone to making a mountain out of a molehill and getting all stressed out over the little ups and downs of daily life.
So exercising is a win/win. We can lose weight, get our bodies more healthy, and relieve stress all at the same time.
Using exercise to relieve stress will not only help you lower your blood pressure and be happier, it can also help you lose any extra weight you have. Losing excess weight will help lower your blood pressure and be happier. Neat, huh?
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Walking may be simple, but is it really effective?
They say that exercise is one of the best activities for stress relief that you can do. And of all the exercises you can do, walking tops the list.
Taking a nice walk after dinner with your spouse, or a friend, or even your kids, is a great way to relax and have some fun, too.
Make sure you have some good walking shoes with good support and wear some non-restricting clothing like sweat pants and a t-shirt. Throw a light jacket over everything if the weather is a little cool. You can always take it off if you get too warm.
Start slowly, if you are not accustomed to walking or exercising, just make the first walk around the block in your neighborhood. Do this for a week or two until your body gets used to it then branch out and go two or three blocks.
Keep doing this every day or mix things up a bit and go to a local park or forest preserve and walk the trails.
Maybe you live in an area that has a bike path or walking trail that the city or county keeps up for those who want to use it. Sometimes they can go for miles and let you see some of the area where you live.
Just being out in nature has a calming effect on the body so walking through a nature preserve is one of the best activities for stress relief you can do for yourself.
Relieving the tension in your life is as important as eating and drinking. If you let it all build up it can have some detrimental effects on your body and overall health.
Headaches, heartburn, depression, anger, and increased anxiety are all symptoms of increased tension. If all of these go unchecked for an extended period of time it can lead to more serious things like high blood pressure.
High blood pressure can lead to any number of even more serious conditions like stroke and heart attack. It can have a domino effect where one thing leads to another and another.
Any form of exercise will help reduce the amount of tension you feel especially after the first few times you do it and the soreness or stiffness all goes away. After a work out you will feel energized and able to take on the world again with confidence.
I chose to tell you about walking because research has shown walking to be the best and it is easy to do. All you have to do is get up and start doing it. You do not have to join a gym to do your walking but you can if you want to.
You can basically walk anywhere. If you live in a place that has winter and it is too cold to walk outside for some of the year, a lot of people choose to walk at a local mall when the weather is bad.
Do yourself a favor, take care of yourself, get up and do one of the best activities for stress relief there is, take a walk.
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When it comes to exercising at home, the key to a successful workout is the quality of the exercise equipment you’re using – not the quantity.
At the beginning of a new fitness regime or lifestyle change, it’s very easy to get a bit carried away and fill up the spare room at home with as many pieces of equipment that you can fit in.
However, before you go and purchase a brand-new rowing machine online to go with your new exercise bike, do your research, namely what are you trying to achieve with your fitness.
Your personal and fitness goals will determine which pieces of equipment are the most appropriate and relevant for your workout sessions at home.
However, there are some staple pieces of equipment that will benefit your fitness at home irrespective of what your individual goals are.
1. Adjustable Dumbbells: Dumbbells are perfect for toning and strengthening your chest, shoulders and triceps. Through investing in adjustable pair of dumbbells as opposed to five different sets of varying weights, you can not only save space but you will be able to physically see the progress of your workout as you increase the weights on your dumbbells.
2. Skipping Rope: If burning 10 to 16 calories a minute sounds appealing, then grab yourself a good quality jump rope to add to your fitness equipment. Jumping rope also improves cardiovascular activity and bone density which is even more reason to incorporate this into your home fitness routine. The best thing about a skipping rope, is that it takes up hardly any room!
3. Yoga Mat: Don’t skimp on comfort if you’re working out at home and allow yourself a bit of luxury for any floor work. Ensure your yoga mat is non-slip, even if you intend to do some workouts on carpet or grass outdoors. Purchasing a high quality non-slip yoga mat will be more versatile in use and you find you will use it more if you don’t have the slippage issue to worry about.
4. Resistance Bands: Another fantastic and compact addition to your home workout equipment collection are resistance bands. Resistance bands help to strengthen and build muscles with a huge variety of exercises available that you can find online or discuss with your personal trainer.
5. Fit/Swiss Ball: This is the ‘largest’ piece of equipment that should find it’s way into your home but with so many options available on how you can use your fit ball, it’s versatility in use for exercise will pay off in no time. Establishing a structured mini-work out around your fit ball will improve core strength and stability and is a low impact way to train with focus on one of the most important elements of working out – stretching.
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Cellulite – something that no woman wants to see on the back of her thighs or butt in her best bikini. Why do supermodels like Victoria’s Secret Angel, Adriana Lima or even you’re average gym junkie neighbour don’t show the signs of cellulite is something every woman wants to know. To get rid of cellulite, we first must understand what is it.
Cellulite (other than being the worst nightmare of every woman) is a persistent fat that causes dimpling under the skin especially in the areas of the hips, thighs and buttocks. About 90% of women show signs of cellulite, so don’t be embarrassed ladies you’re not the only one! Since it is fat, it should be able to be lost through proper eating and exercise. Except with cellulite, it’s a little different to normal fat. Cellulite is different because it is hardened un-metabolized fat, water and trapped wastes under the skin (this gives the dimpled appearance).
To remove cellulite from the body the best way is clean eating and regular exercise. Creating a regular routine around your work and personal life will be the most effective way to fit in those sweaty sessions. Your action plan to remove that stubborn cellulite is to eat cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables? ‘What are they?’ These vegetables are Cauliflower, Cabbage, Watercress, Bok Choy, Broccoli and similar green leafy vegetables. These veggies are high in lecithin, which helps repair tissue damage in the skin cells. Also having a clean diet is essential to remove those lumps and bumps from the behind. When it comes to clean eating, we ladies have to remember the essential 8 tips to achieve or keep those ultimate bikini bodies all year round.
- Commit to a 100% clean eating diet.
- Cut out all processed foods.
- Stay away from white flour
- Cut out refined sugar and salts
- Keep up your healthy fats such as avocado, nuts and oils
- Track your meals
- Adding lean protein
- Always drink water
Clean eating always has a buddy and it is called regular exercise! Exercising regularly is great for your body to remove fat, keep muscle tone and creating a positive and happy attitude. There are lots of exercises that can tone and reduce the amount of fat in the thighs, butt and hips. To focus on reducing the symptoms of cellulite you have to target the areas of concern. Doing exercises such as a variety of squats, lunges, dead lifts etc.
By following these simple tips you should have sexy-cellulite-free legs, hips and butts all year round. Remember ladies keep up your regular exercise between your work and personal life and eat clean.
To learn how you can live a cellulite free lifestyle contact your Runaway Bay Personal Trainer