Exercise vs Stress

Stress Awareness month is upon us again, and provides an opportunity to bring attention to the ways that we can manage stress in our lives.

What is stress

Stress is commonly defined as how we react when we feel under pressure or threatened. It usually happens when we are in a situation that we don’t feel we can manage or control.

Most of us will experience stress in our lives at some point. Eliminating stress from our lives entirely may be unrealistic. However what is far more important is how we deal with that stress. The good news is there are a diverse range of activities and approaches that have been proven to both reduce stress and to help us to manage it more effectively.

Expert thoughts

Khody Damestani, Co-founder of mental health company, MyMindPal shares his thoughts….

‘There is now a body of evidence that physical activity reduces stress. When most people think of exercise, they think of the gym. Whilst gym based activities such as yoga or aerobic classes or weight training may be great for some, it may not the best fit for others.

If that’s the case then perhaps you could consider other options such as surfing, swimming, walking in nature, martial arts, or team sports. No other stress reduction strategy offers the range of choices that exercise does. By engaging in regular exercise not only will you be reducing your stress but you will also be reducing your risk of experiencing a range of mental and physical health conditions in the process’.