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SPECIAL BUSINESS HEALTH EDITION: Exercise Avoidance Is Common With People Suffering from Stress


Stress can cause a complete burnout for everything that would actually make it better. We all know that exercise can help you deal with stress and send out endorphins – the chemical neurotransmitters that help relieve stress in the body.

Excuses for avoiding exercise range from being too busy or not having enough time to finding exercise too boring. Or, you might be too tired. The very excuses you use for not exercising can be helped by exercise.

Consider time – if you only exercise 20 minutes to an hour, three to six times per week, you’ll reap untold benefits to your mind and relieve stress that bombards you on a daily basis.

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Lack of energy – fatigue – often comes from too much stress. It’s a fact that you’ll receive much more energy from exercise as you would from watching television from the couch. You’ll finally have the energy you need to get things done.

If you’re bored with exercise, try a distraction such as watching television or listening to music or inspirational tapes. Exercising with a friend can also make it fun. If the weather is too bad to go outdoors and exercise, have an exercise plan for indoors.

Finding an exercise plan that fits your personality and likes is a major method to keep from avoiding exercise. If you like team sports, try volleyball or tennis. Biking and swimming appeal more to those who would rather be along.

If exercise seems to hard and difficult, try a less intensive program that may include golf or low impact aerobics. For those who like a more cardiovascular workout, jogging or spending time on a stationary bike is excellent.

Social butterflies prefer exercises such as aerobics, walking with friends or taking classes at your local gym. Once you’ve found an exercise that appeals to your personality, you’ll be more apt to keep appointments with yourself and not dread it so much.

Stress sometimes fools us into thinking we need to take frequent breaks or lie down or take it easy when the best remedy would be to get in an exercise routine that can help our bodies respond to stress in a positive, rather than negative, manner.

Begin slowly. Try something that is enjoyable to you and doesn’t spend too much time on it. You can gradually work up to more time and more of a workout when you begin to see the difference in the way you feel and know that your stress levels have been reduced.

Reducing your stress should be enough of an incentive to continue a workout program. Know that when you’re stressed, you tend to avoid many things – social activities, work, taking care of yourself and eating and sleeping properly.

Exercise is easy to avoid, but it’s the one thing that you should not avoid. Take time to think about a type of exercise that you’d enjoy and give it a try.


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