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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Exercise to Combat Stress

Combating Chronic Stress[1]

Exercise to tame tension as you Age    

It bears repeating that exercise is one of the best ways to beat stress.  It can help you burn off extra physical a mental energy, boost feel-good mental transmitters, to lift your mood, and help you sleep better.  It also directly counteracts some of the harmful effects of chronic stress that age you beyond your years, including strengthening your muscles and bones, keeping you trim, recharging your immune system and warding of depression.  In addition exercise can actually slow the shrinking of your telomeres and protect them against stress-related cell death according to a 2009 study in the journal Circulation it also helps your body adapt to stress and be more resilient over time.

Interestingly, the stress response activates the reward center of the brain center of the brain, along with the adrenals, the nervous system and the pain relief areas.  The reward is the relief you experience once the stress has passed.  One reason why physical activity works so well to alleviate anxiety is because many people report the same thing with exercise—they may not enjoy doing it, but they feel so much better afterward that the promise of reward is enough to get them to lace up their sneakers.

Well now it’s about time for me to put on my sneakers and go out for my walk (I jog in the summer and it’s almost time for that)

[1]  Comes From:  The hundred best ways to stop aging and stay young Produced by Julian Maranan ISBN -13:  978-1-59233-449-0    

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