Let’s be honest, Elle Woods perfectly pieced together the concept of exercise and stress when she was kicking ass in the court room.
“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.”
We all know that exercise is important to de-stress and is perfect for those suffering anxiety or depression.
Unfortunately, so many of us use stress as a roadblock when it comes to working out. Something Elle probably wouldn’t recommend.
With the great benefits we can get from working out, not including strength and great legs, we really ought to make more time for it. Thankfully, science has found that certain workouts are more effective at reducing stress and boxing is one of them.
A study by the Japan Society of Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences, found that this exercise encouraged “positive engagement” and had a “tranquil effect” on both men and women.
The researchers also found that it “significantly improved all three scales of negative affect” and any tension, anxiety, anger and dejection “decreased significantly” while feelings of “relaxation and pleasure increased”.
Exercise is one of the most effective forms of stress relief not only because of the endorphins but because it is also one of the only things that can stop the chemical reactions that result from stress, and in turn put your body and brain through turmoil and negative thinking.
Of course, if this isn’t your thing stick with yoga or 30-45 minutes of cardio. Whatever you do, get moving.
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