|
|
|
The Shawnee News-Star
  • Tips for managing stress

  • Hello, fitness enthusiasts!

    Can you believe it? Summer is almost over.

    As the new season approaches, our lifestyles move slowly away from leisure and into a more structured back to school routine.


    • email print
  • Hello, fitness enthusiasts!
    Can you believe it? Summer is almost over.
    As the new season approaches, our lifestyles move slowly away from leisure and into a more structured back to school routine.
     Adjustments — like getting the kids to bed on time, waking them up earlier, and keeping up with everyone’s new schedules while finding the time to exercise and eat healthy — really take planning.
    Simply put, it can be very stressful.
    For that reason, no other subject seems more important at this time to me than the subject of stress, and discussing effective ways of dealing with it.
    The first thing to understand about managing stress is that no one is immune; everyone feels it, no matter the age.
    It is the tension you feel when you find your self in a new, unpleasant or threatening situation.
    Stress is an automatic response that causes your body to prepare to “fight” off a threat, or to flee from it.
    When a person is under stress, adrenaline rushes through their body. This causes your heart to beat faster, your breathing rate to increase, your stomach to feel unsettled, pupils to dilate, your mouth to dry, and muscles to tense.
    Most people tolerate small amounts of stress fairly well, however, too much stress can be unhealthy and cause many problems, especially when combined with destructive lifestyle habits.
    So when dealing with stress, our goal is to find ways to minimize our body’s reaction to this “fight” or “flight” response when faced with it.
    We must try to learn new responses at the first sign of trouble, so that we can decrease the body’s adrenaline surge that is at the very core of our stress.
    Some great options are yoga, breathing exercises, stretching, massage, and my number one recommendation, regular strength training and exercise.
    All of these concepts can be effective because they have a common goal of reducing our body’s adrenaline response to minor stress.
    Learning stress techniques can also be helpful for heart patients and reducing coronary events.
    Exercise is so good because it is one of the best ways to drain off excess stress energy, while at the same time reducing coronary artery problems by controlling obesity.
    People often think of stress as coming from the job, money issues, family problems, or finding themselves feeling rushed all the time.
    This is very true, these are all triggers for stress, but the real issue is dealing with the negative, unhealthy response our body is going through when faced with these situations.
    The result of stress is that our bodies go into a state of high energy, but there is no place for that energy to go.
    Page 2 of 2 - This can be very unhealthy, and to compound the issue, unfortunately, we can stay in this heightened state for hours at a time.
    Exercise is the most logical way to dispose of the excess energy we have that comes from stress.
    Think about it the next time you are pacing around, or are moving your legs for no reason, or are tapping your fingers.
    Many times this is a way we try to get rid of the stressful energy that is in our bodies.
    I truly believe it is much better option to channel this nervous energy into a program of daily regular exercise that drains stress effectively and helps your body respond less severely when faced with it each day.
    Here are a few lifestyle changes that may help you as well:
    • Decrease caffeine intake
    • Balance your diet
    • Decrease consumption of junk food
    • Get more sleep
    • Don’t over extend yourself
    • Think positively.
    Until next week, please make it a healthy and nutritious day!
    To get started on weight loss and healthy nutrition products, stop by Reggies Personal Training, 104 E. Main, Shawnee, or call Reggie at 613-0237.