Can Health And Fitness Combat Stress? | Stephen Coleclough
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Can Health And Fitness Combat Stress?

Can Health And Fitness Combat Stress?

Though you might not think it, health and fitness can help you to combat stress.

Though some stressful situations are hard to avoid, those who are fit and healthy are much better equipped to handle them.

Here’s how:

How to de-stress with health and fitness

Eat a healthy, well balanced diet

Eating a healthy and balanced diet is one of the easiest ways to combat stress.

Rather than reaching for a chocolate bar or a greasy takeaway, add some real nutrients into your body.

Processed foods and junk foods are well known for causing mood swings, fatigue and unhappiness.

All of these can cause feelings of stress to worsen.

Keep active with a new hobby

Finding a new hobby can reduce the feelings of stress that have built up throughout the day.

Plus, it’s a great way to stay active.

Whether you join a small sports team or want to compete on a much larger level, working out after work with others can help you to de-stress in a sociable way.

Workout regularly

Though it’s a well known fact that working out is a good way to keep your body healthy, not many people realise that it’s also a good way to combat stress.

Exercise and being active releases a range of chemicals into the body, many of which help you to relax.

When you’re relaxed, you’re much less likely to notice stress.

Get a good night’s sleep

A lot of people don’t realise that a good night’s sleep can really improve your mindset.

This is because feeling tired can cause irritability and unhappiness, both of which can turn a normal situation into a stressful one.

So, even though sleeping isn’t a form of exercise, it does allow you body time to recover and relax; both of which are important for staying healthy.

In short, health and fitness can go a long way towards helping you to de-stress.

If you are active and eat well, you are much less likely to feel overwhelmed by stressful situations.

Instead, your body will have everything it needs to combat it.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a personal trainer and online fitness/nutrition coach from the UK. He loves heavy squats, smashing PRs and bacon sandwiches. You can follow him on Twitter at ColecloughPT.

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