Feelin’ stressed out? Exercise does wonders
Lynn Brown is a hard-working, energy-exerting, mother of two teenagers. And just like most people, stress finds a way to muscle its way into her everyday life.

"Stress now is no longer work," said Brown, a member of the Life Time Fitness in Plymouth. "It’s the kids, and so it’s kind of pervasive everyday. My crunch period is when they’re out of school, homework time, untill they’re in bed."

When a person is stressed, it can make the body feel tense and lead to a host of other issues. To relieve that stress, Brown works out seven days a week.

"Lift a lot. Do cardio. But sports really takes my mind off of stress," she said.

Experts say that a consistent fitness routine should be a part of everyone’s stress management plan.

"When it comes to exercise and relieving stress, I think you have to really match the person and figure out what’s gonna set them up for success," said Keri Anderson, a personal trainer at Life Time.

Even Anderson isn't immune to stress.

"The biggest thing for me is if I don’t get my workouts in, or if I don’t have a good routine on my nutrition, I can let the day take over me versus me taking over the day, and feel really frazzled," Anderson said.

A consistent exercise program is one of her stress-relieving remedies, but she also makes a point to do Pilates one day a week.

"The reason this is good for stress is because of that breath, and just the relaxation of the body," said Rhonda Garvis, a Pilates instructor. "Getting all that breath in and out."

With Pilates, the focus is on breathing, along with the quality of movement. It allows people to relax, while working out at the same time.

"The stretching aspect also allows the body to release tension," Garvis said.

The important thing is to find what works for you, and find the time to do it.

"Anything you do for yourself is a great stress relief," Brown said. "So time for yourself. Just carve that out."

Meanwhile, diet also can play a big role in managing stress. Eating non-starchy vegetables and quality protein can help.

Delane Cleveland

April 11, 2017


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