Stress is a part of life. Work, home or family problems can take a toll. Too much to do, too little time is often the lament. Sometimes you go through emotionally charged or a heavy situation. That’s life and life can be hard sometimes.
When the stress level goes nuclear, often going to exercise class, getting up for that run or walking at lunchtime becomes the last thing you think you can manage. “When things settle down”, you say “I’ll get back”. Sometimes you do and sometimes, well, months can go by.
The truth is, your exercise program should be the LAST thing you drop. Health care professionals agree that exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. In fact, exercise may be the one remedy most recommended by health care professionals.
And even if you can’t get in a full workout, you have my permission to modify. Can’t make Zumba? Dance at home for 3 songs. Not enough time for your 4 mile hike? Hit the streets for 10 minutes of fast walking. Find a 10 minute Yoga or Core workout on On Demand or YouTube.
Doing something is better than nothing. You will feel a lot better. And when things settle down, get back to your regular routine.
Now go run!