It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
At home, work, school, and among family or friends, stress is all around. It’s inescapable, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be manageable. While stress may take on different forms for different people, there are several ways to combat it. Everyone has a favorite method of dealing with the pressure of anxiety, but exercise is a sure-fire way for anyone to overcome stress.
The Austin sports medicine team at Medicine in Motion has put together some facts on using exercise to reduce and eliminate feelings of stress:
- Stress is often higher when a person’s self-confidence is lower. Exercise can help boost a person’s self-esteem by way of physical improvements, leading to a reduction in stress.
- Simply stepping away from responsibilities and their related stresses for a few minutes of exercise may help limit the effects of stress. The psychological effects can be extremely beneficial when removing one’s self from a negative situation and temporarily replacing it with a positive one like a fitness activity.
- People who exercise have been found to generally handle stress better on a daily basis. So not only does exercise appear to reduce stress, but it seems to also act a stress-buffer for those who make fitness a regular part of their lives.