Hey Guys... Stressed?


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For all the guys out there.  Most of us don't admit it as much as the other gender, or even complain about it, but most of us get stressed out just as much as everyone else.  Have you ever noticed that in high school or summer time when you were running around kicking a soccer ball, riding bikes, or just plain sweating that it was some how helping you avoid stress?  Has it ever occurred to you that when Dad comes home from work where he sat in an office all day he seems more irritated than if he was doing a physical activity?

After reading an article from Men's Fitness I have noticed that there is an actual scientific background to these beliefs.  According to the article on Men's Fitness the university of Maryland conducted a experiment in which they tested healthy students.  They had them exercise for 30 minutes and then their actions immediately following were recorded.

I researched the study but I couldn't find enough details to see if the test was accurate enough to accept their hypothesis.  The article I found about the study was verified through a   Health website.

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After reading and researching this, it does not just pertain to males.  Mens Fitness is just targeted towards males but most of their studies can be for both sexes. 
Next time you need a stress reliever or when you know a tough exam is coming up the best solution might just be a light 30 minute jog.  It can work to prevent stress but it can also relieve it.


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I have heard for a long time that physical exercise can be a stress reliever. Before I came to college I was extremely physically active, often exercising for at least one or two hours a day. Since I've come to college, I have stopped exercising completely, it is really quite pathetic. I can tell that my stress level in the past year and a half has increased quite dramatically. I can tell because my mouth hurts.

About four or five years ago I was playing football with my family and I collided with my cousin and injured by jaw. I went to the hospital and nothing was structurally wrong, they just said that I pulled a few muscles. After about a year or so the pain disapated and I had a relatively pain free jaw. Then I came to college. Within a couple of months my jaw started to hurt again, to a point where I could barely eat. I started to think, what had changed in the past few months and the answer was simple. I wasnt exercising at all, I had no way to relive the stress that comes from every day life. So I started to exercise againa and within a couple of weeks, my jaw started to feel better.

I wanted to see HOW exercising can relive stress and I came across this website. (http://www.naturalnews.com/028727_exercise_anxiety.html) It explains how exercising doesnt only distract you from your stressors but it burns chemicals that cause you stress. I was surprised that there is a biological benefit to exercising. It was interesting to learn what the biological benefits of exercising are.

This blog really interested me because I too have noticed over the years that running and exercising has definitely helped me feel better about my stress. Every time I would start over-thinking the things that were going on in my life, I would go for a light jog and my head would instantly start clearing up. Immediately when I would get after the shower after my run, I would feel like a new person. I never knew if it was just a personal thing or if there was science behind why exercising cleared stress, but now I do. I was very interested to learn that running burns the stress chemicals. I never knew there were chemicals in our body that caused stress. Since exercising can help remove stress, can it help remove other bad feelings from your body? I researched that and could only find information on stress. If anyone can find otherwise, that would be interesting.

This blog really interested me because I too have noticed over the years that running and exercising has definitely helped me feel better about my stress. Every time I would start over-thinking the things that were going on in my life, I would go for a light jog and my head would instantly start clearing up. Immediately when I would get after the shower after my run, I would feel like a new person. I never knew if it was just a personal thing or if there was science behind why exercising cleared stress, but now I do. I was very interested to learn that running burns the stress chemicals. I never knew there were chemicals in our body that caused stress. Since exercising can help remove stress, can it help remove other bad feelings from your body? I researched that and could only find information on stress. If anyone can find otherwise, that would be interesting.

I find it intresting that working out can relieve stress. As a female I know that I feel stressed out more often than normal. This can be due to various reasons, but likewise there are ways to reduce such stress. After looking online I found that woman too can relieve stress by working out because sweating it out can "rewire your brain to happiness" says one source. Another solution to relieving stress is time managment says abc.com. Thsi site says "being careful about how we use our time, how we portion our time -- can enhance our sense of control" and thus reduce our stress. So along with your theory of working out to relieve stress, one can try to manage their time better as well. To read more on this theory click here.

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