Stress- Their Consequences and Approaches to Manage It through Exercise

July 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Posted in Bareskin Towel, Diet, Fitness, Marathon, Motivation | Leave a comment
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Author: Rich Carroll

Anxiety is something that won’t ever completely go away within essentially everybody’s life.  For even individuals in retirement living out the “golden years”, there is always something to get stressed about.  For even those fortunate few who’ve economic peace of mind, relatively good health plus a close family unit to spend holidays together, they’ll probably worry about and concern themselves with how they may help their loved ones.  It makes no logic to attempt to eliminate stress, however there are quite a few things we can do to deal with it prior to it consuming our life in addition to our health.

Stress isn’t really a dangerous thing.  It is the body’s strategy to defend us, and these body’s defense mechanisms have been developed as we have evolved.  In moments when we will be stressed, hormones such as cortisol are discharged through the system, enabling us to mentally and physically prepare us to face the situation.  Blood flow as well as heart rate increases and then the lungs absorb extra oxygen, making our senses prepared for the situation.

However, your immune system in the short term shuts down, making our answer to poisons along with other foreign intruders reduced.  There is nothing wrong with this, as long as it’s short-lived.  But if the body stays with this “high” for too long, the immune system becomes desensitized to cortisol.  Because cortisol also has a regulatory influence on the reaction to inflammation throughout the body, things get out of control, our immunities break down then we become ill.

As medical technology examines this, the condition of chronic inflammation has been linked with a wide range of maladies.  With medical issues such as dementia, cancer plus heart problems we are finding just how important a role the immune system has.  It’s recently been believed that 85% among all diseases have an emotional component for them.  Anxiety performs a factor in the health problems for many folks.

Anxiety relief without a doubt is much easier said than done quite often.  Some of the problem management elements that have historically been employed are using cigarettes and taking antidepressants or sleeping pills.  These not surprisingly are not cures but merely mask the issue, and can cause increased health problems in their own right.

So what is your best strategy to cure anxiety and keep us in a healthy state as we age?  Finding those release valves that are good for you will be key.  We will never be in a position to remove stress completely, yet everyone’s system has built-in methods to compensate for these anxiety-interrelated issues.  Consistent exercise is considered the top release, and everybody must make all effort to do something physical.

Any exercise is great to alleviate stress and tension.  It gets your feel-good endorphins flowing and takes your mind off your challenges, at least for a time.  It can lessen the stress hormone talked about earlier: cortisol.  Plus it does indeed allow us to sleep, which by its own becomes a fantastic anxiety reliever in that it allows our bodies some time to recover and regroup.  Some other superb approaches that many people have figured out for stress control are yoga, meditation, laughing and religious faith.

Any physical activity is good to relieve anxiety.  It will get the feel-right  endorphins in motion and takes the mind away from troubles, at least for a while.  It is able to lessen the stress hormone talked about earlier: cortisol.  Plus it does indeed assist us to sleep at night, which in its own becomes a great stress reliever in that it enables the body a little time to recuperate and regroup.  Additional superb approaches that many people have learned to use for stress control are laughing, doing yoga, meditation and religious faith.

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When going on a program, alleviating stress can be a big help. Weight training, cardio workouts and many other forms of physical training can be accomplished better with a professional trainer. Rich Carroll is a writer and health enthusiast living in Chicago.


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June 11, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Posted in Bareskin Towel, Diet, Fitness, Motivation | Leave a comment
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The 13 Best Yoga Poses for Runners

May 7, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Posted in Bareskin Towel, Diet, Fitness, Motivation, Pictures | Leave a comment
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By: DailySpark Blogger

When I first started running, I thought for sure it would be a bad combination with yoga. Running is repetitive, it can be hard on the body, and it’s fast.

After my first few runs, I felt sore and tight, despite my thorough stretching session afterwards. I spent all that time practicing yoga to loosen my muscles; it seemed silly to then tighten them up with one little run.

A few runs and a bit of research later, I changed my mind. Running and yoga complement each other quite well, and I don’t need to end up sore and tight after my runs.

The breath control (pranayama) we practice in yoga actually helps me keep my breathing even when runs get tough, and it’s especially helpful after a hard run. Plus, there is a certain peace that accompanies running (and walking). That repetitive motion allows your mind to clear, and the path that lies before allows your eyes to focus on the horizon. Add some motivating music, and you’ve got quite the relaxing and stress-relieving workout!

My friend Bob (BOBBYD31) SparkMailed me recently to ask about yoga. He’s a runner and, like many of you, battles tight hips and hamstrings. He wanted to try yoga but wasn’t sure where to start. I gave him some suggestions for DVDs and books–and did one better. I’m a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher, so I decided to create a routine for him and other runners to help them stretch out after a run and keep his muscles healthy and loose.

Here are a baker’s dozen poses to help runners (and cyclists and walkers). Hold each pose for 5 breaths or longer if you’d like. You’ll need a mat and a yoga block (or a chair) for these poses.

Before you begin, remember these precautions:

  • Do not start a yoga routine or any other workout without clearance from your doctor.
  • These poses are not suitable for pregnant women.
  • Each pose should be done in a slow and controlled manner, without bouncing or forcing, which can cause your muscles to tighten, increasing your risk of injury. Stretch in a slow, steady motion to the point of “mild discomfort.” If you are stretching to the point of pain, you have stretched too far. Learn to “respect your edge”–never go beyond it.
  • This routine can be integrated into a post-run stretching routine. You can also do it any time of day. If you’re not doing the stretches immediately following a workout, I recommend a 10-minute cardio warmup before starting this routine. Warm muscles are easier to stretch.
  • These poses and the accompanying photos are modified for people with tight hips and hamstrings.
  • A breath is one full inhalation and one full exhalation through the nose. Hold each pose for five breaths, or longer if you’d like.

Butterfly/cobbler stretch (Baddha konasana):
Opens the groin and hips; stretches the inner thighs
Forward folding stretches the back
How to:

  • Sitting tall on your mat, bring the soles of your feet together.
  • Interlace your fingers and place them around the toes.
  • Sit tall, rolling the shoulders back, and gaze past the end of the nose.
  • Lean forward for a deeper stretch, stopping when you start to “feel” the stretch.
  • With every inhale, feel your spine growing longer (imagine the crown of your head reaching out in front of you to the wall); with every exhale, allow the body to sink lower (the chest is getting closer to the floor).
    TIP: Use blocks under your knees if your hips are particularly tight.



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