Stress is something we all experience with no opting out button. Some individuals manage stress in a healthy way without impacting the quality of life. Others struggle with handling stress.

Stress can become a chronic problem with negative physical and emotional side effects. Studies indicate stress can increase your risk of hypertension, heart disease, and weight gain.

Living With Stress

Many people live in a constant state of stress caused by jobs, personal life, or financial strain for example. Living with stress is becoming an acceptable and normal way of life. We walk around with chronic tension, adrenal glands working overtime, and your body suffering the consequences.

Stress breaks down the body by elevating cortisol levels causing increased blood pressure and waistlines. If you’re wondering why weight loss has been so difficult, you may want to evaluate your stress. It can adversely affect your fitness and health.

Reducing Stress

Stress can be reduced by implementing healthy strategies to manage it for improved fitness. You will never be stress-free, but healthy stress management is shown to promote a fitter body.

How you manage stress is essential to maintaining good health and fitness. Some people may eat poorly, give up on fitness, and take on a bitter attitude during stressful situations. These unhealthy behaviors only make stress worse. Continued mismanagement of chronic stress eventually leads to illness and unhappiness.

We really need to learn how to let go of things out of our control. This means not sweating the small stuff and looking into what’s causing so much stress in your life.

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond to it.”

I love this quote. It’s a great philosophy to reduce stress and maintain a fit and healthy life.

Letting go of things out of your control is important for healthy boundaries. It also greatly improves the quality of your life and relationships.

Taking a look at what is keeping you over busy and stressed will also make for a happier, healthier you. When your calendar is too full to breathe, there is something not right in life.

Focus on those things about yourself that are fixable to reduce the stress in your life. This includes your health, fitness, and happiness.

We tend to put stress on ourselves from things that just don’t matter. Who cares what others are thinking, saying, or even doing that may be about you? You are not meant to live a life of self-induced stress and drama. Learning to let go and walk away from unimportant things will greatly improve the quality of your life.

Learn from negative stress and turn it into positive growth to create a stronger, healthier person.

Eat Right and Exercise to Reduce Stress

Workouts are a great way to manage increased levels of stress. Consider exercise your sweat therapy hour for self-improvement. It’s one of the best health strategies for stress reduction. After an exercise session, you will feel better, able to put the stress behind you and ready to move on with a positive day.

Mindful eating is also important during times of stress. Too many people use stress as a reason to overindulge in comfort food to feel better. This is a pseudo-fix making stress worse and your body paying the unhealthy price. Remember, taste you want for 5-minutes or health you desire for a lifetime.

The Bottom Line

What it comes down to is how you want to live. Do you want to live under a cloud of chronic stress and a life of unhealthy choices? I can’t imagine any of us want that for ourselves. If you start focusing on stress reduction as a top fitness goal, you will benefit from significant health improvement.

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