My All Time Favourite Stress Reliever And Why It’s So Good

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Words By: Margaret Galang, YMF Founder

You probably already know that exercise is a good way to relieve stress. For me, I always feel so much happier after having done a workout. I could be in the most stressed out mood all day and then after a good workout, it’s like all that stress has just melted away. But why is exercise so good for us? Here’s why…

The endorphin rush.

Exercise increases the release of endorphins, our body’s natural feel good hormone. Also known as the post-workout “high”.

Fight or flight mode.

Stress causes our body to be in constant fight or flight mode. However, a lot of the stress we experience these days doesn’t actually require us to do any physical fighting or flighting, but our bodies still release these hormones. This is what can leave you feeling stressed out. So the best way to balance out these hormones is to work it off doing some form of exercise. It’s what your body was designed to do.

Zoning out.

Going for a run or going to an exercise class that lets you focus on something else other than the things you are stressed out about gives your mind a bit of a break and allows you to recharge.

Social interaction.

Joining a group exercise class or activity and interacting with others can help release some of the negativity associated with stress and provide you with a support system that you can rely on.

An outlet to release tension.

Exercise allows you to release tension from your muscles and burn off any negative emotions. I find boxing to be a really good form of exercise for releasing tension and frustrations!

Better sleep.

I think all of us mums know how lack of sleep can affect our mood! While children are a common reason why us mums don’t get enough sleep, stress can make it difficult for us to get quality sleep. Exercise can have the opposite effect and help you improve sleeping habits. And we all know how good it feels after you’ve had a decent night’s sleep!

Are you ready to relieve your stresses and start living a happier, more positive lifestyle? Then join our new July 28 Day Beginners Challenge and kick start those healthy habits! Starting 3rd of July. Click here for more info.

Margaret Galang