Wellness (Exercise)

The benefits of exercise generally, and specifically in regard to stress reduction are very well documented.

Personally, I usually head down to a local coffee shop to finish my planning, grade tests and otherwise wrap up my school day.

By the time I'm done, I'm pretty much mentally, emotionally and physically DONE. It might only be 5:00 or 6:00 at night, but all I want to do is go home and crash on the couch....

...that ain't such a great plan though. Whenever I do that, I end up waking up wide awake at might and totally thrashing my circadian rhythm and feeling very out of sorts... ugh

Soooo.... every other day, I drag my behind quarters to the gym... more often then not, I'm so tired I take a brief nap in my car (no, not while I'm driving, at the parking lot...sheesh!)

Dragging myself out of the car I commence my usual workout by easy walking, stretching and core stuff before jumping on the eliptical for a tough workout.

It still amazes me (I've been doing much the same thing for 30 years or so) how rejuvinated, refreshed and *relaxed* I feel after that workout, especially considering how rotten I was feeling just an hour or two earlier.

As you might suspect, there are some pretty amazing physical and chemical changes that take place when you exercise

-- Here's the science:

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Harvard University has THIS to say

The world famous Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has THIS to say as to why exercise is such a potent approach to dealing with stress.

If you're curious as to what an actual scientific, randomized, peer-reviewed study looks like (and you have an interest in biology or medicine) take a gander at THIS study

  • An abstract for another study is HERE

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