Exercise To Relieve Stress And Lose Weight

If you have been keeping up with the news lately, you have perhaps noticed two things: people are less fit, and they are experiencing a lot more stress. It’s hard to imagine that this is a simple coincidence. In fact, a lot of complications of obesity and stress are the same. The good news is that there may be a simple solution to both problems, and that is exercise. Exercise can aid in your weight loss by burning calories, and it can also help decrease stress by releasing feel-good chemicals known as endorphins. Let’s look at both of these benefits of exercise in a bit more detail.

Exercise To Relieve Stress And Lose Weight

The more you weigh, the more physical stress you will put on your body. The uncertainty is whether or not that physical stress is closely related to mental stress. Unfortunately, there is no solid solution to that question yet. However, there is plenty of proof that losing weight is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. And you can only lose weight by burning more calories than you take in. The best way to accomplish this is through working out. You don’t even have to do that much of it. As little as 30 minutes per day, most days of the week, can start to add up. If you’re not currently exercising, what you do for exercise isn’t all that important. What is most important is that you are getting active and burning off some of those extra calories.

Exercise To Relieve Stress And Lose Weight

Exercise can also ease your level of stress by releasing endorphins. These are chemicals that make you feel better, and are responsible for what’s known as “runner’s high”. Endorphins are fairly similar to morphine, and will help to relieve stress.

Exercise To Relieve Stress And Lose Weight

When you make exercise a part of your normal routine, the endorphins will be released more frequently, and you will get the stress-relieving benefits more often, also. This good feeling isn’t just there for the duration of the workout, but it can last for quite a few hours after you are finished exercising. There is also something therapeutic about working out, as it helps you blow off steam. All of those little frustrations you face every day all of a sudden start to vanish. This beats the alternative of letting all of the frustration build up until you blow up in an disorderly (and potentially dangerous) fit of rage.

Exercise To Relieve Stress And Lose Weight

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