A Doctors's Tip: Stress and exercise

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Stress is a lifestyle condition and a well-recognized epidemic in most western societies with a long list of physical, emotional and behavioral adverse effects. Many of the negative effects of stress are caused by an excessive release of cortisol, the body's stress hormone. Exercise is perceived as a stressful event by the body and will trigger a release of cortisol which can be bad if you are already in a state of high stress. But by exercising the right way you can minimize the release, here are the tips: 1. Exercise less than 60 minutes at a time and avoid high-intensity training - intervals and low to moderate intensity is better when you are stressed. 2. Cortisol is highest in the morning so you might want to wait until later in the day with your exercise if you are already feeling stressed out. 3. Do not perform high-intensity training the last 2-3 hours before going to bed as high cortisol levels will make it more difficult to sleep. 4. If exercising just before bed choose slow yoga classes or mindful walks.

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What You'll Do

  • Exercise less than 60 minutes at a time and avoid high-intensity training - intervals and low to moderate intensity is better when you are stressed.
  • 2. Cortisol is highest in the morning so you might want to wait until later in the day with your exercise if you are already feeling stressed out.
  • Do not perform high-intensity training the last 2-3 hours before going to bed as high cortisol levels will make it more difficult to sleep.
  • If exercising just before bed choose slow yoga classes or mindful walks.
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