We can all agree that this brutal winter has been very stressful for Bostonians. It seems that with each snow storm we get, life gets a little more miserable. Do you suffering from cabin fever? Does the difficulty of getting around and doing everyday tasks send stress levels through the roof? Don’t worry, we have your solution and it is simpler than you might think. Exercise!
Stress can make people do things they normally wouldn’t, and causes emotional eating or snacking, drinking, smoking, and many negative emotions. None of these coping mechanisms are good for your health, not to mention the physical toll stress has on your body and its systems. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to combat stress. It has many health benefits, but more importantly it makes you feel good! After a workout you will experience a great release of the feel good hormones, endorphins. Not only will your mental state benefit from exercise, but you may also experience more restful sleep, feel less tired, and minimize the other damaging effects of stress throughout the body. You can also feel good about burning extra calories and working towards your fitness goals.
Try to transform your thought process when you are stressed. Instead of looking forward to a few glasses of wine to help you forget the next time you have a bad day or are really mad and just wanted to break something, remember exercise will allow you to alleviate your frustrations in a constructive way. Look forward to working out. I know our clients love coming in for a training session after a tough day of work and sometimes negative emotions makes great motivation to burn some extra calories.
Don’t let this winter get you down. Fight it the best way you can, and get active!