Beat the stress…

December 14, 2015
stress

Hitting the gym or working out on your own not only helps to knock off those extra pounds; it’s also good for your heart and your health. More than just your physical health, however, it’s also good for your state of mind.

These days, with the economy creeping along like a slug, with fewer Americans working full-time jobs compared to those working part-time positions, and a lot of people out of work altogether, folks are often feeling a bit of stress.

Tight purse strings, marital conflict, incorrigible neighbors, teenage offspring – these are just some of the issues in our lives that can bend the stress-o-meter needle to the high side. With the stresses of everyday life, many have discovered that a fitness program is one way to help deal with this stress.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries.”

It would be nice if we could get our endorphins in a drink or as a side dish with dinner. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Endorphins do their happy magic when you get off your butt and move. The problem is, the more stress we feel, the harder it is to get motivated to do something. Stress breeds lethargy. The paradox is that, if you get started, you’ll soon have the oomph to carry on.

Another way to look at it is that stress is a self-fulfilling prophecy; the more stress takes hold the harder it is to break away from its grip. The harder it is to break away from stress, the more stress you feel.

No matter how hard it is to get started; just realize that by the end of your workout, you may be happy that it’s over, but you will also happy that you did it.

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