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De-Stress With Your Workout: Relax Through Exercise - By Gail Kasper

Gail Kasper, Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker

 

 

Regular exercise brings you so many benefits, everything from weight control to cardiovascular health, even boosting your brain power. But do you realize that working out is a great way to de-stress and relax?

 

Let’s face it: we all feel stress. When we’re worried and taxed out, it affects the brain and the body, thus impacting our daily lives, including our mood, sleep and self-esteem. The good news is that something as accessible as exercise can keep stress at bay and help us to relax.


According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), exercise is vital for reducing stress and is highly recommended by health care professionals—and is becoming one of the top methods of handling stress. Through exercise the brain produces endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators. Those feel-good sensations, also known as a runner’s high, can be achieved through regular exercise, and in turn can lead to an overall healthier self. Another plus: endorphins improve our ability to sleep.


A Harvard Men’s Health Watch article published in February 2011 noted that the reduction of stress through exercise is also achieved behaviorally. That’s because exercise can improve one’s self-image, in turn increasing self-esteem and confidence. Exercise also reduces some of the body’s stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. Even 30 minutes of moderate activity each day will do wonders to keep you fit and relaxed. Take a brisk walk through your neighborhood. Try yoga. Do jumping jacks and jog in place. It’s all good, and it’s a natural and healthy way to relax.

 

 

About Gail Kasper:

Mid-1998, Gail Kasper started her business from a  small one-bedroom apartment, with no money and no clients. Today, Gail  is the host of the late-night television show Raw Reality, one of the  nation's leading speakers, author, Top 1% Club Mentor, advice  columnist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Ms. Continental America 2008,  and the creator of SAD-T™ (Systematic Attitude Development- Technique™). A former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine with the  "Ask Gail" column and host of the "Ask Gail" segment on the Comcast  morning show, Gail is the author of her self-help autobiography  Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment To  Total Empowerment and the self-help parable Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps  To Achieve Your Goals. With national media appearances that include  Inside Edition, The Today Show, FOX Business News, and Oprah and  Friends, Gail has earned the ranking of an in-demand national media  personality who has been the topic of discussion on Regis and Kelly.  Also, the current host of the Philadelphia Visitors Channel, she has  also made numerous appearances on network affiliates that include ABC,  FOX, CW11, Comcast, and CBS, where she co-hosted the Emmy award- winning America's TVJobNetwork. www.gailkasper.com 

 

This article is courtesy of the Top 1% Club and the Top 1% Club Mentor Gail Kasper. For additional information on Gail Kasper, her television appearances and speaking engagements, please visit gailkasper.com.