|“Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down.” – Natalie Goldberg|
|Can you imagine the editor of the New York Times or even the editor of your local paper not being able to get the newspaper out on time? Okay, so not being able to get out a daily newsletter doesn’t compare, but it sure got me stressed! It was a technical issue that could only be resolved by finding another way of spreading the gospel of fitness and to get my stress level out of the red zone. So why not just write a blog every day!
I know, too, that you have your own stresses large and small and that sometimes just getting a break, as brief as it may be, would be a relief. So watch and listen and read the beautiful quotes about nature in the Nature’s Inspiration Movie to help soothe your soul today and hopefully bring your stress needle back into the comfort zone!
The therapeutic benefits of regular exercise are well documented. Study after study has shown that it increases health and general well being. It’s been said that if exercise were a drug, it would be the most powerful medication on earth. However, it still seems difficult to get people to workout on a regular basis. When life gets hectic, it’s generally the first thing that gets crossed off the “to do” list. In reality, it should be the last. It’s an industry standard to tell people that they should consult a physician before beginning an exercise program. Based on the scientific evidence, it would be more appropriate to consult a physician before parking yourself on the Laz-E-Boy for a session with the TV.
“Often times, my clients say they are too stressed to find time to work out, however the fact is, they are probably too stressed not to work out,” says triathlete and LA-based fitness trainer Erica Nemmers. “Exercise releases hormones into the body that allow people to bring balance into their lives and focus better on everything they do. It is the natural remedy that brings the body into homeostasis in a hectic world that constantly threatens to throw us out of that balance.”
The evidence is clear; there’s no doubt that physical exercise has a positive effect on stress and can calm the mind and relax the body. Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s “feel good hormones,” and in as little as 20 minutes a day, can change your entire outlook on life.