Modern Stress is real. We all experience it from time to time – perhaps even more than we care to admit. Too much stress can impact our heart, brain and nervous system. So I think this begs the question, ” How do we combat our immediate stress?” Do we impulsively reach for a glass of wine, bag of chips or box of cookies? Sure, I think it’s fair to say that we have all found ourselves in this position before. It may give us temporary comfort, but it doesn’t really solve the problem. Actually, it has been my experience that stress eating actually makes things worse.
The truth is that exercise is a great way to ward off stress and protect our body and mind. Not all of us are created equal here though. What I mean by that is, not everyone wakes up in the morning and says, ‘Yes! I get to exercise today!” But the benefits to exercise are amazing because it keeps our bones strong, increases our body’s flexibility, improves muscle strength, boosts our endurance, helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to our tissues, and strengthens our cardiovascular system.
I think the real answer to solving our stress is finding a healthy outlet that we can identify with. Something enjoyable that perhaps as a child we loved to do but have lost along our way. For example, if you loved dancing or bike riding as a kid try it now. Register for a dance class or find a bike club to ride with fellow bikers. You may have been fond of the water growing up and want to try rowing or paddle boarding. Even if you are not sure about what you really like, then experiment. But try to find something that will keep you active.
If you are still having trouble finding a healthy outlet to ward off stress, then read my new book, “Organically Yours” which takes you on my journey to clean living starting with the health crisis that inspired me to change my lifestyle. Clean eating helped me gain control over my life again and “Organically Yours” can help you, too.