It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
In conjunction with the 25th annual Stress Awareness Month in April, Medicine in Motion has undertaken an educational initiative to increase public awareness of the causes and cures for the modern stress epidemic. Sponsored by The Health Resource Network (HRN), a non-profit health education organization, Stress Awareness Month is a national, cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society.
The Austin sports medicine team at Medicine in Motion has put together some facts on using exercise to reduce and eliminate feelings of stress:
- Exercise burns up the excess energy caused by stress. The body reacts to stress as it would any dangerous situation – by building up energy in anticipation of reacting to the danger. Once the energy is depleted through exercise, stress levels are reduced.
- Exercise metabolizes the stress hormones (such as cortisol) in blood, while simultaneously increasing endorphins, which are the chemicals that can make a person feel calm or even euphoric.
- Although exercise burns energy, it often has the effect of making a person feel energetic over the long term. A person who has the energy to face their problems often feels less stressed by them.