Every woman has her innate gifts and strengths. A client and I laughed as we compared ours. She creates and understands complex financial reports that I find unfathomable. I plan, teach, and remind her every single session how to perform exercises that we often repeat. She does not remember, needing to be told once again and to see a demonstration.
For all our differences, one thing is sure. A woman who engages in regular physical activity is less of a Worrier Woman and more of a Warrior Woman, ready to take on and engage in her daily challenges with greater endurance, strength, and confidence.
From the American Council on Exercise, here are at four ways in which exercise controls stress:
Exercise can help you feel less anxious—Exercise is being prescribed in clinical settings to help treat nervous tension. Following a session of exercise, clinicians have measured a decrease in electrical activity of tensed muscles. People are often less jittery and hyperactive after an exercise session.
Exercise can relax you—One exercise session generates 90 to 120 minutes of relaxation response. Some people call this post-exercise euphoria or endorphin response. Many neurotransmitters, not just endorphins, are involved. The important thing, though, is not what they’re called, but what they do: They improve your mood and leave you relaxed.
Exercise can make you feel better about yourself—Think about those times when you’ve been physically active. Haven’t you felt better about yourself? That feeling of self-worth contributes to stress relief.
Exercise can make you eat better—People who exercise regularly tend to eat more nutritious food. And it’s no secret that good nutrition helps your body manage stress better.
Be a Warrior Woman! Release and revel in YOUR strengths with regular daily exercise and activity.