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And any number of error and failure notices combined with the flicker of the monitor or florescent lights added to too much coffee and a heavy workload adds up to STRESS. If your work doesn’t tie you to an office there is weather, road conditions, materials not delivered on time or at all, and a multitude of things out of your control. Stress is a part of our adult life and we all suffer from stress at some time or another. We have stress headaches, muscle tension from stress, fatigue, irritability and not mention the occasional urge to throw your computer out of the window. Stress, unchecked can lead to other more severe medical conditions as well.
Hypertension, high blood pressure, weight loss, weight gain, depression and a whole list of other conditions that have been linked to too much stress. Stress is a part of our daily life and there is nothing we can do about it, right? Wrong!
I t has been confirmed in study after study that exercise can relieve stress. It can also help you fend off stress before it starts to affect you. Exercising releases endorphins and these endorphins make you feel better. The type of exercise you do can be simple or advanced cardio, resistance training, yoga, or cross training. You can take a walk, ride a bike, or go for a swim. You can go to the gym, or work out at home. As adults we find more reasons to say that we don’t have time to exercise or start a fitness program. There’s that project at work. The garage needs to be cleaned out. I’m too tired after work to go to the gym. The truth is, these are all part of the reason we have built up stress.
The amount of time you exercise can be anywhere from ten minutes to an hour. It can be during lunch or a break. Any time of the day is a good time to exercise. Some prefer to work out in the morning and have that charged feeling all day. Others like to exercise in the afternoon to burn off the daily build up of tension. Morning, noon, or night, whatever works for your schedule is the right time to exercise.
Start a fitness group with your coworkers, friends or neighbors, with your spouse or partner or even with your kids. There are other benefits to exercising. You can lose some of the weight from that stress eating. You can have more energy to play with the kids, go out dancing or ladies, fit into that dress.
As an adult, fitness and exercise are more important than we realize. That extra few (or several) pounds and decreased cardio vascular fitness makes
everything we do just a little (or a lot) harder. And let’s not forget the medical conditions stress can cause. The additional weight can speed up the onset of those conditions.
We blame our lack of energy on getting older, or say that’s what happens when you reach a certain age. At age fifty-one, I can say with all honesty that I am physically younger and more vital than I was at thirty-five. I’m also 20 plus pounds lighter. I don’t have the aches and pains or fatigue, and I don’t get sick as often as I did. This is because four years ago I made the time to exercise and improve my nutrition.
You owe it to yourself and those who care about you to start a fitness, or “stress reduction” program. It’s not too late and you are not too old to improve your fitness.
You may even loose that urge to throw your computer out of the window.