Prolonged stress is a common occurrence that many people face in their life. This has the potential to be very harmful, so it’s important that we find ways to cope with it. A recent study found that daily workouts can have a huge and positive effect on this.
In the study, participants who were assigned to exercise for 45 minutes three times a week had significant improvements in their health and well-being. In comparison to those assigned to wait for stress, they also saw an increase in their self-esteem and mood levels. The study also found that those who exercised were less likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety than those who didn’t work out at all.
Stress is a normal part of life. Doctors recommend that people do things to manage the stress in their lives, and one way to do this is through daily workouts. Working out helps release endorphins which can have an analgesic effect on your body, and also reduce cortisol levels which can be detrimental to our health if they’re too high for too long.
It’s important to find a workout routine that’s sustainable for you, so consider what type of person you are and what you enjoy doing before picking something that might not work as well for you. It could be swimming, running, or strength training- whatever makes you feel good. Just remember: as long as it gets your heart rate up and leaves you feeling accomplished, it is a stress reliever for you.
Adrenaline is often considered the opposite of cortisol, which means that high levels of cortisol can put your body in a state of chronic stress. Your body reacts to this as if it’s constantly under attack — pumping out adrenaline whenever your heart rate rises, regardless of whether or not you’re actually in danger. This can cause many problems, most notably excessive weight gain and obesity from high levels of cortisol in your system.
Exercising regularly is a great way to keep cortisol levels low. Not only does exercise release endorphins which help reduce your feelings of stress, it also releases cortisol into your body when you’re done working out. This makes sure that your body’s cortisol levels don’t stay too high for too long — they go up when you exercise, but they come back down quickly, rather than staying elevated.
Scientific studies have shown that people who work out on a regular basis tend to recover from stressful situations more quickly than those who don’t work out at all. For example, a study done on men and women of similar ages showed that those who did 45 minutes of moderate exercise three times a week (running, swimming, or cycling) recovered from stressful situations faster than the people who did not work out at all. Their cortisol levels also stayed lower longer after they were exposed to stress.
Many studies have confirmed that people who have a regular exercise routine feel less stressed than those who don’t. However, working out too much can backfire and cause more stress in the long run, so keep that in mind if you plan on doing lots of workouts at once. Moderation is key — the goal here isn’t to make yourself completely exhausted all the time.
Instead, try to do something that’s both healthy and fun for you at least 3-4 times a week. If your workout routine has proven itself to be effective for you in the past, then it’s probably okay to stick with it — just remember not to overdo it. It might take some experimentation before you find something that works for you, but the results can be worth it.
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