Physical Activity Tips
The mind, body, and stress: how it all connects and what we can do to make it
flow a little easier.
When the body is stressed, the nervous system generates the "fight or flight" response. The signal causes the adrenal glands to release hormones called adrenalin and cortisol which cause the heart to beat faster, respiration rate to increase, blood vessels in the arms and legs to dilate, the digestive process to change and glucose levels in the bloodstream to increase to deal with the emergency.
Emotions can also have an effect on your physical health. Think about how your body responds to stress. Constant stress can cause tension, headaches, heart and/or stomach problems. On the other hand, having health problems such as disease or pain can affect your emotions and cause stress or depression.
Try implementing some of these fitness tips into your daily schedule to help reduce stress.
It keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without stretching, the muscles shorten and become tight. A lack of flexibility in the lower body, particularly in the hamstrings, glutes and hip flexors, can actually cause lower back pain. See the best body stretches to do if you sit all day.
Some of the many benefits of resistance training are increases in resting metabolic weight which reduces fat, improved physical performance, promotes bone health by increasing mineral density, reduces back pain and increases muscle mass. Find tips and exercises for beginners here.