Stress Reduction Techniques – Exercise

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

According to some new stress reduction research coming out of Japan, exercise is an even more beneficial stress reduction technique when it takes place out outdoors.

Depending on your heart rate, cardiovascular exercise can be your key to stress reduction or the lock keeping you in the stressful state of exhaustion/adrenal fatigue.

Try the Maffetone equation: keep you heart rate at or below (180-age) to get the most stress reducing benefits of cardiovascular exercise. There is obviously a time, place and benefit to more strenuous exercise but burning through your blood sugar and secreting excess cortisol is exactly what we want to avoid when we are considering exercise as a stress reduction technique.

“The greatest efforts in sports came
when the mind is like a glass lake”

– Timothy Gallwey

I can’t tell you how many personal trainers I have had come in for nutrition consultations, and although they all hate to hear it, most of them are overtraining. I know it’s easy to get mixed up in the more is better, but these guys are anything but bumps on a log. For them, less is more. The huffing and puffing isn’t paying off.

Moreover, when you exercise with any serious intensity for an extended period of time, you tend to burn more sugar than fat. This sugar depletion will just cause you to crave sugar for the rest of the day; derailing both your weight loss diet and your stress reduction plan. Benefits to consistent exercise:

  • Circulation
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Weight loss
  • Natural Anti-depressant