Fit Friday - Why exercise is the best medicine
By Elaine Delaney, Personal Trainer.
So its 4.45 pm on a Friday evening and your boss had just landed a massive amount of paperwork on your desk and your stress levels have now hit their peak? You have already skipped lunch due to your workload and the possibility of making your friend’s birthday party this evening is very unlikely. Sound familiar?
The level of stress and anxiety we experience from day to day or from situation to situation can vary. At the end of a stressful day the bottle of wine or a pizza on the way home sounds very appealing. It will help you unwind and almost `forget’ the events of your day. What if you could decrease stress and anxiety levels that don’t involve food or alcohol? Let me guess, you’re trying to call bluff on this statement!! Did you know that exercising provides endless benefits to you physical, mental and social health? It’s free and it’s healthy.
What happens to our body when we exercise?
When we exercise, the body stimulates the release of powerful and mood-elevating endorphins. These endorphins can create a state of euphoria which is often referred to as runners high. They can relieve pain, with effects that are often hundreds of time stronger than those produced by morphine.
Research in sedentary or non-active men has shown that the levels of endorphins were lower; the level of stress hormone was higher and even the feeling of depression was higher in comparison to males of the same ages who exercised on a regular basis.
Aerobic exercise not only reduces the release of the adrenal stress hormone but also increases the supply of oxygen and blood to the brain, enhancing memory. Exercise stimulates the growth of new brain cells.
Exercising can also act as a distraction as your brain needs to concentrate on completing the workout with correct technique. Why not add music to your routine, this will also create a distraction? Perfect, for those with a lot on their mind.
How much is enough…?
Research had proven that after just 10 minutes of moderate intensity exercise the mood of participants began to improve and after 20 minutes the ability to retain information also improved. Thus the reason why 30 minutes of exercise is recommend per day in order to receive optimum benefits.
Not only had exercise a role in stress relief and mood enhancement it also,
· Regulates blood glucose levels (important for diabetics)
· Increase metabolism
· Lowers heart rate
· Improve the immune system
· Improves lung capacity
· Contributes to weight loss
You shouldn’t exercise to punish your body; it should be something you enjoy. If running isn’t your thing why not try something that it? How about a self-defence class or joining a football club?
The next time you have a stressful day at work, studying for an exam or anxious about a big event, why not try a 30 minute workout and feel the benefits?
Hi all, my name is Elaine Delaney co-founder of Euphoria Fitness Sydney.
I hold qualifications in health promotion, physiology and fitness. Since a young age, sports and fitness have been my passion and now I want to utilise this knowledge and experience to help other achieve their health and fitness goals.
My philosophy is life is small changes in your lifestyle can have a massive impact on your health. The key to achieving optimal health is good nutrition and exercise. In modern day society your fitness regime requires flexibility and commitment.
Euphoria Fitness provides specialised one to one or group personal training, for more information on the service provided simply use the contact details below.
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