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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Relieve stress with exercise

  • Hello, fitness enthusiasts! The health and fitness bug is in the air right now. Everyone is excited about losing weight, looking better, and feeling better this new year.
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  • Hello, fitness enthusiasts!
     
    The health and fitness bug is in the air right now.
     
    Everyone is excited about losing weight, looking better, and feeling better this new year.
     
    Let’s face it, making the time, finding the patience and dedication to exercise, and eating healthy really takes planning.
     
    Simply put, it is a learned art and can be very stressful, especially for beginners.
     
    For that reason, I would like to help by spending a little time on the complex subject of stress and discussing effective ways of dealing with it.
     
    The first thing to understand about managing stress is that noone is immune, everyone feels it, no matter the age.
     
    It is the tension you feel when you find your self in a 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.
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    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.
     
    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, and 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 Reggie’s Personal Training, 104, E. Main, Shawnee, call Reggie at 405-613-0237, or visit www.yourhealthmatters.truewealthathome.com.
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