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Fitness Tip#312 - February 12, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

13 Strategies to Stay Fit During Stressful Times (5 of 13)


Build in daily activity.

Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. If you're not an athlete or even if you're downright out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management. Discover the connection between exercise and stress relief — and why exercise should be part of your stress management plan.

Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. But exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits.

• It pumps up your endorphins. Physical activity helps to bump up the production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Although this function is often referred to as a runner's high, a rousing game of tennis or a nature hike also can contribute to this same feeling.

• It's meditation in motion. After a fast-paced game of racquetball or several laps in the pool, you'll often find that you've forgotten the day's irritations and concentrated only on your body's movements. As you begin to regularly shed your daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you may find that this focus on a single task, and the resulting energy and optimism, can help you remain calm and clear in everything that you do.

• It improves your mood. Regular exercise can increase self-confidence and lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise also can improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. All this can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your life.


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ASHPATCH11 2/14/2013 12:30PM

    You should wright articals for this site.

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MOMOF4FOXES 2/12/2013 6:39PM

    Cool! I was feeling a bit down earlier and had a great workout today. Not 100% improved but it did help.
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Fitness Tip#311 - February 11, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

13 Strategies to Stay Fit During Stressful Times (4 of 13)


Fulfill your weekly goal rather than stressing about a specific day.

We all know that there will be days that are busier than others
and our schedules will change. Don’t feel bad if you miss a scheduled workout day. Just schedule to do it on your day off. It is not worth stressing over. Stress is mentally and physically fatiguing. Your results are based on a weekly basis. What you do daily physically and mentally is on a weekly basis. If you mess up one day or one meal, remember that the next day is a new day.

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MOMOF4FOXES 2/12/2013 6:34PM

    I agree. I have been having a better attitude about that this year than I did last year.


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COOP9002 2/12/2013 3:34PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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WENDYSPARKS 2/12/2013 2:50PM

    Thank you for this tip!

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Fitness Tip#310 - February 8, 2013

Friday, February 08, 2013

13 Strategies to Stay Fit During Stressful Times (3 of 13)
BARTER DAYS

It's one thing to address our need for exercise. But when we're under stress, it's even more important to acknowledge the mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of what we're undergoing.

When you really don't feel like working out, if you just drag yourself there to do a little tiny bit, you usually end up doing the whole workout. And are glad you did.

"More important fun fact: I would rather myself or a client address the mental stuff and get in a short amount of exercise than not look at the mental stuff, plan an exercise, not do it, feel bad about not doing it, repeat the process multiple times and eventually give up."
Addressing the mental component is key to long-term success. And when you're stressed and stuck for time, creative problem solving (and a sense of humor) become key. No weights? No worries.


Perfection never happens in real life. We always have to do the best we can with what we have. And that's okay.


Have a GREAT weekend Sparkers!
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GRACEISENUF 2/8/2013 9:11PM

    Amen!

Have a wonderful weekend with your family.

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Thursday, February 07, 2013



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Fitness Tip#309 - February 7, 2013

Thursday, February 07, 2013

13 Strategies to Stay Fit During Stressful Times (2 of 13)

SUPER POWER WALKS

Mind you, these aren't just any power walks. These are power walks with a difference, incorporating squats, pushups, triceps dips, planks, and walking lunges. There's a lot you can do with nothing more than a bench and some grass or a relatively smooth path.

"This gets all the muscle groups and helps you feel like you did something of value, not just a casual little walk. For people who are a bit more advanced, do interval runs between telephone poles. It's an easy way for people to pace themselves and each person can pick the number of poles for his or her personal work/rest ratio.


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JAN155 2/12/2013 3:56PM

    This sounds a lot like the class I lead at the Y. We run some, do some strength and everyone's favorites....stairs! Thanks for posting this!

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