Physical Exercise to Reduce Stress

Physical Exercise to Reduce Stress


The sunlight is increasing during the day and the internal desire to get “fresh air” is awakening in a lot of us! This week let’s talk about how increasing our physical activity can help lead to a reduction in stress.

Physical exercise combats stress in several ways:

  • Chemical Shift: Exercise triggers the release of endorphins, often called “feel-good” chemicals. Endorphins act as natural painkillers and mood elevators, effectively counteracting the effects of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.
  • Better Sleep: Physical activity promotes better sleep quality. When you’re well-rested, you’re naturally better equipped to handle stress. Studies have shown a connection between insufficient sleep and increased stress levels.
  • Hormonal Balance: Exercise helps regulate hormones throughout the body. This hormonal balance is crucial for maintaining a calm and composed state.
  • Mind-Body Break: Exercise provides a mental break from stressors. It allows you to focus on your body and the rhythm of your movements, offering a similar calming effect to meditation.
  • Improved Self-Esteem: Regular exercise can improve your self-esteem and confidence, making you more resilient in the face of challenges and less susceptible to stress.

And if you are considering chiropractic care as a next step in your stress reduction efforts, Dr. Desiree Van Bogart at Desired Health Chiropractic is here to help you learn how to support your overall health.

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