If exercise were available as a pill, experts say, everyone would be taking it. One reason is that exercise is extremely good at defusing stress. If you exercise — especially right when the strain response is triggered — you burn off stress hormones even as nature intended, rather than letting them compile. Rest and relaxation. It's such a standard expression that it's become a cliche. And although rest really is often relaxing, the pat phrase causes many men to overlook the very fact that exercise also can be relaxing. It's true for many sorts of physical activity also as for specific relaxation exercises.
What's more, almost any sort of motion on a daily basis helps relieve pent-up tension. Rhythmic, repetitive movements, like walking, running, swimming, bicycling, and rowing — and specific sorts of exercise like yoga, tai chi, and qigong — actually elicit the relief response, too. Regularly engaging in these sorts of activities can assist you to keep off everyday stress.
To boost the stress-relief rewards, you will need to shift your attention to become conscious of yourself — what and the way you are feeling — and your surroundings during exercise. this could leave you feeling calmer and more centered.
During physical activity, attempt to become conscious of how your breathing complements the activity. Breathe rhythmically and coordinate your breathing together with your movements, focusing your attention mindfully on the sensations in your body. When disruptive thoughts intrude, gently turn your mind faraway from them and specialize in moving and breathing. Few things are more stressful than illness. Many sorts of exercise reduce stress directly, and by preventing bodily illness, exercise has extra benefits for the mind. Regular physical activity will lower your vital sign, improve your cholesterol, and reduce your blood glucose.
Keep it simple — you do not always get to check-in for a special exercise class. A mindful walk can do wonders. As you walk, notice the freshly mown grass, flowers, fallen leaves, sun-dappled trees, or gray clouds. How does the surface air feel against your body? How does the surface beneath your feet feel and sound?
By: Janvi Aggarwal
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