Sunday, May 15, 2011
Don’t Let Stress Weigh You Down
Stress is more than a feeling
Stress is a natural response to events or situations – positive or negative. But, when most of us talk about STRESS, we are referring to that frazzled, anxious, over-booked and under-appreciated feeling that leaves us wanting to run home and veg out in front of the TV.
Long-term stress can have some serious health consequences such as increased blood pressure, digestive problems, fatigue, depression, increased cholesterol, weakened immune system, and weight gain.
According to a recent study, chronic stress can also make it hard for your body to utilize glucose (sugar). This increases your risk for being diagnosed with conditions like prediabetes or type II diabetes. Plus, for people who have already been diagnosed with diabetes, chronic stress makes it much harder to manage their blood sugar levels.
You know stress isn’t a good thing for your body, but what can you do? There is one all-natural, low cost alternative to help manage your stress: exercise! It may be the chemicals in your brain released during exercise that help you feel better or the fact that regular exercise helps you lose weight and boosts your confidence. No matter the reason, one thing is for sure – exercise needs to be a part of every stress management plan.
Whether you enjoy walking, dancing, neighborhood basketball games, or yoga, one exercise session can generate 90-120 minutes of a “relaxation response”. Who doesn’t need that? So, be sure to include time for yourself (and your exercise sessions) in your busy schedule.