The combination of junk food and stress is damaging to your health. But when we’re under stress we are reaching after the sweets and chips, making things even worse.
The physiological relation between the diet and the emotions is well established. But what to eat when we are under a lot of stress and how to keep ourselves from unhealthy fats and sugar?
We can define stress as a physical response to adverse or demanding circumstances. Our entire body responds to influences (stressors), perceiving them as a threat, or even attack.
Affected by these treats, we activate the “fight or flight” mechanisms, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals, such as adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine.
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The most recent federal guidelines for adults recommend at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity physical activity (e.g. brisk walking) each week, 1¼ hours of vigorous-intensity activity (such as jogging or swimming laps), or a combination two of them.
If you have had an exercise program already, keep up the good work. If not, here are the tips to get you started.
Jog, walk, cycle, or dance three to five times a week for 30 minutes.
Set small daily goals and aim for daily consistency rather than perfect workouts. It’s better to walk every day for 15-20 minutes than to wait until the weekend for a three-hour fitness marathon. Lots of scientific data suggest that frequency is the most important.
Find forms of exercise that are fun or enjoyable. Many people find it’s more fun to exercise while listening to something they enjoy.
Also, It’s often easier to stick to your exercise routine when you have to stay committed to a friend, partner, or colleague. Be patient when you start a new exercise program.
It requires a lot of work and patience, but exercising brings so many health benefits, that it’s worth it!