For most of the past 12 months we have been enduring various levels of ‘imprisonment’. If not total Lockdown, then an assortment of restrictions and limitations to the normal enjoyment of our lives
Many have found this state of affairs stressful and pressurising to say the
The good news is that many people have been turning to exercise to help them cope with the stresses and mental strains that every day life piles upon us. And there is evidence that it works. Take a look at this article from the American Psychological Assoc written in March this year.
When our balance is upset in some way, our body creates a stress response as a defence, which can make us behave differently (Sound familiar?).
Symptoms of stress can include sleeping problems, inability to concentrate and fatigue (feel sometimes like your dumbbells are heavier than usual?)
Stress also can increase the level of the hormone Cortisol in the body, which can lead to fat deposits building up around the midriff (annoying!).
Surprise surprise – exercise can be very effective in relieving stress.
Research has found that highly active individuals tend to have lower stress rates compared to individuals who are less active.
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