Exercise for Stress Relief
Exercise can be a huge contributor to stress relief. Yet if you push yourself too hard or workout too intensely, you set yourself up for injury, burnout, and increased blood cortisol levels that may promote the accumulation of belly fat.
Watch this one-minute video, then read on to learn three keys to exercise for stress relief.
Three Keys to Exercise for Stress Relief
- Work out in a forest or park whenever possible as that is associated with lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204611003665
- The stress-reducing effect is amplified when you can view a body of water such as the ocean, a lake, or a stream.
- Allow ample time for rest and recovery. To reduce the risk of injury, alternate vigorous workout days with lighter workouts, and try to avoid the same type of exercise multiple days in a row.
A Workout to Lose Belly Fat
Achieving a heart rate in the proper range for your age when you exercise stimulates new connections in your brain and promotes the loss of belly fat. https://deborahrankinrd.com/a-workout-to-lose-belly-fat/
Yet when you push yourself too hard you add stress to your body. You may not like the workout, and give up. The key: listen to your body, and find joy, beauty, and inspiration as you express gratitude for the great gift of your physical being.
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