When life throws an unexpected curveball, it can be difficult to manage the effects of stress on the body. Some people reach for lavender essential oil, others will pick up a bowl of ice cream, but have you considered exercising as a form of stress management? From brain chemistry to behavior, your body was designed to use exercise as a tool in reducing stress.
Effects on the Brain
When you exercise, you’re doing more than just working up a sweat! Exercise stimulates the brain’s production of endorphins, the “happy hormone” that boosts your mood and reduces pain. At the same time, the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, decrease. When these processes work together, they are creating a balanced mind that allows you to think clearly without the fog of stress.