Think you’re too busy and stressed out to fit exercise into your daily routine? We at Fit After Fifty think that’s all the more reason to exercise daily, as exercise in almost any form can relieve stress. Not only can being active distract you from worries, it also can boost feel-good endorphins. You don’t need to be an athlete to derive the stress-busting benefits of exercise. A little exercise can help even the most dedicated couch potato manage stress.
How does exercise help relieve stress? Besides bumping up the production of endorphins, physical activity can be meditation in motion. Focusing on a single task (walking, swimming, shooting hoops) helps to clear and calm your mind. Exercise also improves your mood, increases self-confidence and improves sleep, all of which help you manage stress.
Why should you be concerned about stress? Stress causes many damaging changes to your body, which over time can lead to unnecessary chronic illnesses. In fact, 75-90% of all doctor visits are due to stress-related complaints.
The infographic below outlines some of the reasons why it’s important to manage stress. Click on the image to enlarge it.