Here is some great information on stress that was researched by Andrea Thomas one of our Fitness Professionals. At one time or another all of us have experienced some sort of stress. Whether it is a positive stressor, such as the anticipation leading up to a big trip or a negative stressor caused by the loss of a loved one, we are all susceptible to stress and experience it in some degree every day. While many stressors are situational and pass in a short time, some can last longer, resulting in chronic stress. When one begins to experience chronic stress they also experience negative physical, emotional and mental side effects. One of the most common and serious side effects is weight gain.
I want to avoid getting into all of the detail of the physiological changes that the body undergoes while under stress. In short, when the body is stressed, it secretes large amounts of hormones that it would not normally release. These hormones trigger reactions that cause the body to store fat. An increase of stored fat leads to an increase in weight. The individual who is suffering from stress related weight gain can be susceptible to a snowball effect of increased stress and weight gain. Many times the increased weight gain causes a great deal of more stress.
So what can be done to reverse this stress induced weight gain? There are hundreds of tips on how to cope with and relieve stress; however, I want to put emphasis on the effectiveness of exercise on relieving stress and thus preventing weight gain. There are several different ways in which exercise battles stress and weight gain. First of all, in order to perform exercise the body must have fuel. The body burns fats and carbohydrates in order to give energy to the working muscles. Secondly, exercise causes the brain to release endorphins or “feel good” hormones that help to extinguish that overwhelmed, stressed out feeling. Lastly, physical activity can improve a person’s resiliency to stress. Research has shown that those people that exercise on a regular basis are less likely to have a stress reaction to adverse situations.
The stress relieving benefits mentioned above are just a few of the many reasons why exercise is such an important integral part of a person’s everyday routine. Without a doubt, exercise can be dubbed as one of the most effective ways to deal with stress. It is a simple and productive way to keep one’s mind, body and soul at peace. So next time you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed out or on edge, remember that you are just one good workout away from a happier, healthier you.
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Thank you and keep that stress controlled.