Managing Stress Through Fitness

Posted Feb 26, 2024

While everyone experiences stress in different ways, not everyone knows how to manage or lower stress levels. Before we get too deep, let’s go over key terms. The first word, “aerobic,” is a form of exercise that can improve your cardiovascular health. The other word is "neurochemical,” which relates to the chemical processes going on in your nerve tissue and nervous system.

Many studies show that through consistent aerobic exercise, the neurochemical levels of stress hormones in the body are significantly decreased. Exercise can even be used to treat clinical depression and many anxiety disorders.

On the flip side, exercise stimulates the body’s production of chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers and mood elevators. You get a rush of endorphins when you complete a strenuous workout, known by many as a “runner’s high.”

Although the idea of exercise may seem like adding just another thing to your already full plate, hopefully the benefits outweigh all the worry. Your exercise journey is exactly that – YOURS. It's personalized for you, just what your body wants and needs. So don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to see and feel all the positive benefits of exercise.

By Matthew Salinas